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bug#17765: julian date is not what you think

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#17765: julian date is not what you think
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:03:47 -0600
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On 06/12/2014 10:56 AM, Steve Zornes wrote:
> the date command uses %j to specify number of days since beginning of year. 
> It looks as though %j is meant to mean Julian day which is ACTUALLY the 
> number of days since the julian calendar started. Currently 2,000,000 or so.
> number of days since the beginning of the year is called ordinal date and 
> should be specified with a %o 
> just a thought.                                         

Please read the discussion at

There are two different definitions for Julian date.  POSIX has
standardized %j to mean the count of days within a Gregorian year, and
NOT the astronomical Julian date.

We are reluctant to burn %o without it being required by POSIX, because
strftime letters are already sparse; this is particularly true of
burning a letter to be a synonym to an already standardized letter.  The
proposal in the thread mentioned above would be to add a %J as the
Astronomical Julian date, if there proves to be enough demand, but so
far, no one has expressed enough interest to actually write the patch.

Therefore, I'm closing this as not a bug, although you can feel free to
add further replies to the thread.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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