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Re: policy around 'wontfix' bug tag




On 2018-02-05 09:39:12 -0500, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> (*) One specific shell script use case was "Get the last date of a given
> month."  Now, obviously you can just set up an array of hard-coded month
> ending dates, and then write a function to determine whether the current
> year is a leap year for the February case.  But if you want to do it with
> GNU date -d, then you have to guess a magic incantation that actually
> works.  Usually by trial and error.
> 
> Anyway, here's what I came up with:
> 
> lastday() {
>     date +%Y-%m-%d -d "$1 1 day ago + 1 month"
> }

But the exact meaning of "month" seems undocumented, which may
silently break in a future version (e.g. possibly as a consequence
of a bug fix). So this is a good example of what you should *not*
do.

This is completely crazy:

zira% date +%Y-%m-%d -d '2003-09-01 1 day ago + 1 month'
2003-09-30
zira% date +%Y-%m-%d -d '2003-09-01 1 day ago'
2003-08-31
zira% date +%Y-%m-%d -d '2003-08-31 + 1 month'
2003-10-01

So, while '2003-09-01 1 day ago' gives 2003-08-31, the following
are not equivalent:
  * '2003-09-01 1 day ago + 1 month'
  * '2003-08-31 + 1 month'

Where is the logic behind that?

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