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Bug#5315: 822-date and shellutils and dpkg



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Ian Jackson:
> I don't think that a plain `print RFC822 date' option to date is
> sufficient: I think that there should be %<foo> specifiers for the
> numeric timezone offset

That would be better, though it requires modifying stftime,
which is in libc. There's a strftime.c in the source of sh-utils,
but that is obviously the wrong place to modify it.

> (and for any other components of an RFC822 format date with numeric 
> timezone that date can't do already),

That'd be guaranteed English abbreviations for weekdays and
months, not something that depends on locale.

Alas, I don't have time to start hacking on libc. I'll send a note
to the glibc/libc6 people and ask if they want to do it.

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