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Bug#179139: marked as done (libc6: invalid date from date -d 1969-12-31)



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Package: libc6
Version: 2.3.1-10
Severity: normal

$ date --version | head -3; date -d 1969-12-31
date (coreutils) 4.5.2
Written by David MacKenzie.

date: invalid date `1969-12-31'

I expected output something like like "Wed Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1969", not "invalid date".

All dates before 1970-01-01 that I have tried seem to produce "invalid date"; all dates after 
1970-01-01 that I have tried produce the output I expect.

There is some discussion of this bug on the lists debian-user@lists.debian.org and 
kplug-list@kernel-panic.org near the end of January, 2003. 

-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux pipkin 2.4.18 #1 Fri Aug 16 15:40:44 EDT 2002 i686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C

Versions of packages libc6 depends on:
ii  libdb1-compat                 2.1.3-7    The Berkeley database routines [gl


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Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 20:00:08 -0800
From: Jeff Bailey <jbailey@nisa.net>
To: Stan Heckman <stan@schedar.com>, 179139@bugs.debian.org
Cc: 179139-close@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#179139: libc6: invalid date from date -d 1969-12-31
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On Thu, Jan 30, 2003 at 09:59:54PM -0500, Stan Heckman wrote:

> $ date --version | head -3; date -d 1969-12-31
> date (coreutils) 4.5.2
> Written by David MacKenzie.

> date: invalid date `1969-12-31'

> I expected output something like like "Wed Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1969",
> not "invalid date".

> All dates before 1970-01-01 that I have tried seem to produce "invalid
> date"; all dates after 1970-01-01 that I have tried produce the output
> I expect.

I suspect that you'll find that all dates before 1970 fail and that all
dates after Mon Jan 19 04:14:07 2038 (GMT) also fail.

Why are you reporting this as a bug against glibc?  That's how time_t
works.  Search google for "time_t" and "epoch" for more information.

Closing this bug.

Tks,
Jeff Bailey



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