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Re: BUGs in de date command

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: BUGs in de date command
Date: 31 Oct 2003 15:53:36 -0800
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Patricio Baya <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden controles]$ date
> vie oct 31 13:41:49 ART 2003
> address@hidden controles]$ date -d "1 month ago"
> mié oct  1 13:42:04 ART 2003
> The re is a big mistake. If today is 31/10/2003 , 1 Month Ago must return or
> 30/09 or someting else, but not  "OCT 1"

I don't see why it's a big mistake.  1 month before October 31 is
"September 31".  But there is no "September 31", so you've specified
an ambiguous day.  September 30 and October 1 are both reasonable ways
to resolve the ambiguity.

It might be nice to change "date" to behave the way that you like, but
I don't see why the current behavior is a bug.

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