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bug#21903: date->string duff ISO 8601 negative years

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: bug#21903: date->string duff ISO 8601 negative years
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:33:31 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Zefram <address@hidden> writes:

> The date->string function from (srfi srfi-19), used on ISO 8601 formats
> "~1", "~4" and "~5", for years preceding AD 1, has an off-by-one error:
> scheme@(guile-user)> (use-modules (srfi srfi-19))
> scheme@(guile-user)> (date->string (julian-day->date 0 0) "~4")
> $1 = "-4714-11-24T12:00:00Z"
> The date in question, the JD epoch, is 24 November 4714 BC (in the
> proleptic Gregorian calendar).  In ISO 8601 format, that year is properly
> represented as "-4713", not "-4714", because ISO 8601 uses the AD era
> exclusively.  4714 BC = AD -4713.

I agree that this is definitely a bug, but I'm nervous about deviating
from the SRFI-19 reference implementation, and therefore probably from
most other implementations of SRFI-19, in this way.

I think that this bug should be reported to the SRFI-19 mailing list.


There have been several other bugs reported and fixed in upstream
SRFI-19 over the years, including some as recently as June 2017, so I'm
hopeful that they will take this bug seriously and issue a fix.

Would you like to report it to them?


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