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bug#4583: 23.1.50; bug in etc/future-bug ;-)


From: Ulrich Mueller
Subject: bug#4583: 23.1.50; bug in etc/future-bug ;-)
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:29:18 +0200

etc/future-bug was "fixed" at some time, probably to shift the dates
into the future again. The joke loses much of its subtlety by this.

The patch below restores Karl Fogel's original version, adding a note
about when it first appeared. The original is also hilarious for its
implicit assumptions about the Emacs 22 release date. ;-)

(Besides, the weekdays in 2199 are wrong. 23 Feb 2199 will be a
Saturday, and 20 Feb 2199 a Wednesday.)

Ulrich


--- emacs-orig/etc/future-bug   2007-02-28 05:12:39.000000000 +0100
+++ emacs/etc/future-bug        2009-09-29 11:11:12.000000000 +0200
@@ -1,20 +1,22 @@
-Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2199 21:03:50 -0600
+[This first appeared with Emacs 19.31 in 1996.]
+
+Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 21:03:50 -0600
 From: Karl Fogel <address@hidden>
 To: address@hidden
 Subject: M-x search-backward-in-time broken...
 X-Windows: you'll envy the dead.
 
-In GNU Emacs 51.70.4 (i9986-unknown-linux-gnu, X toolkit) of Sat Feb  20 2199 
on floss
+In GNU Emacs 22.70.4 (i586-unknown-linuxoldld, X toolkit) of Sat Feb  20 1999 
on floss
 configured using `configure  --with-x-toolkit=yes'
 
         The `search-backward-in-time' function appears to be broken in
-Emacs 51.70.
+Emacs 22.70.
 
         Unfortunately, I can never seem to start the debugger early
 enough to catch the error as it happens.  However I have traced the
 problem through source by eye, and it looks like `time-forward' can't
 handle negative arguments anymore.  This is consistent with other
-symptoms: for example, `undo' (which since 51.25 has worked by passing
+symptoms: for example, `undo' (which since 22.25 has worked by passing
 a negative arg to `time-forward') is also broken.  However, `do' still
 works -- it seems that `time-forward' continues to handle positive
 arguments just fine.
@@ -22,7 +24,7 @@
         No one here-and-now can figure out how to fix the problem,
 because the code for `time-forward' is so hairy.  We're using M-x
 report-future-emacs-bug to request that you folks include more
-comments when you write it (sometime in 2198 as I recall).
+comments when you write it (sometime in 1998 as I recall).
 
         Thanks!
 





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