Date::Manip::Changes6 - changes in Date::Manip 6.xx
This describes the changes made to the Date::Manip module in the 6.xx series of releases. Major changes are marked with asterisks (*).
For the most part, Date::Manip has remained backward compatible at every release, but occasionally, a change is made which is backward incompatible. These are marked with an exclamation mark (!).
I made several changes to Build.PL, Makefile.PL, META.yml in order to improve the quality (or kwalitee) of the module. None of these should impact anyone using the module.
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2013i)
Cleaned up some of the Recur documentation. Suggested by RT 92794
Added the ParseDateFormat function to the DM6 functional interface in response to RT 89286.
Added the date format used in apache logs: 11/Oct/2000:13:55:36 -0700 RT 89286.
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Fixed a bug where dates of the form of a delta with a timezone attached (i.e. "1 day ago at midnight UTC") failed. RT 89256
Fixed a bug where events handling gave a warning if there were no events that applied. RT 90344
Removed a .swp file accidentally left in the package. RT 85845
Fixed a bug in parse_format where times between 00:00:00 and 01:00:00 weren't parsed correctly. Ole Nomann Thomsen
Fixed generated META.* files to not require Module::Build 0.39. RT 86137
Fixed a bug where parse_format did not work with a '%s' format. RT 87498
Fixed a bug where find_encoding wasn't imported from the Encode module. RT 87665
Fixed a bug where recurrences with no interval did not work if a start and end date were specified, and no dates fell in that range. Jan Pradac
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POD documentation is no longer generated for Date::Manip::TZ::* and Date::Manip::Offset::* modules.
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2013c)
The ParseDateDelta function (in functional interface) did not allow you to force a parsed delta to semi or approx where appropriate. This was added. Based on RT 82991).
The get_config method was added to all classes. Suggested by Philippe Poilbarbe.
Fixed a German language problem. Gosta Oelstrom
Documented workaround for dmake problem in strawberry perl. Discussed on perlmonks and RT 79837.
Clarified the Examples page. Winston Heng
Problems were reported on several OSes by people unable to install Date::Manip (and other modules). It turns out that the version of tar distributed by my linux distro (OpenSuSE) uses the 'posix' format instead of the traditional 'gnu' format by default. This causes problems for some versions of tar. I have had reports from OSX, Windows, and SunOS. Future versions of Date::Manip will be explicitly distributed in the 'gnu' tar archive format.
Reported by Jay Allen and RT 80594.
Date::Manip 5.xx is now officially out of support. I will not be doing any further work on it. The only exception is that I will consider adding user supplied patches on a case-by-case basis.
If at all possible, please use Date::Manip 6.xx instead.
The following config variables have been removed.
Fixed a bug where ISO 8601 format YYYY-WXX-D didn't work if the week ended up in December. Gordon Lugauer.
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Spelling error fixed. RT 80621
This was an interim release to fix the version numbers (6.35 was released with all of the version numbers 6.34).
This was an interim release to fix the problem with the PATH being replaced.
I've reverted the language data files to perl literals instead of YAML. Though not quite as easy to maintain, it solves a few problems. Patch provided by Christopher Madsen.
Last versions fix for RT 78566 overrode the PATH even when that wasn't appropriate. This is fixed. Report and patch supplied by RT 80435.
This is a bug fix so that the PATH won't break non-unix installs.
Put the PATH inside the Unix section so it doesn't affect non-unix environments. Geoff Rowell
Added convert method. This had been planned since 6.30, but based on a discussion with Henrique Martins, I moved it up in priority.
Cleaned up handling of delta field lengths (they are now only calculated once.
Added cmp method. Henrique Martins
The language modules read from the DATA section, but I never closed the filehandle. This is fixed now. Patch by Doru Theodor Petrescu
Added better loading of DM5/DM6 modules. RT 78512
Added a secure PATH to TZ.pm for taint reasons. In response to RT 78566
Now supports timezones in files with spaces where there should be underscores. This occurs in RHEL desktop. RT 78566
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Minor fix. Henrique Martins
Build.PL now has better support for building (or not building) HTML files. Apparently this is slow on Windows. Patch provide in RT 75118.
Fixed a bug in business day calculations. RT 76336
Fixed a bug where Delta/Recur objects weren't correctly created. Zsban Ambrus
Fixed a bug where SetDate/ForceDate config variables could not be included in a file. Jerry Wilcox
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2012c).
Better support for UTF-8 in autogenerated language module pod files.
These include the %<A=NUM>, %<a=NUM>, %<v=NUM>, %<B=NUM>, %<b=NUM>, %<p=NUM>, and %<E=NUM> formats. Chris Jackson
A string like 'Jan 21 17:13:27 2010 -0400' can now be parsed. Requested on perlmonks ('Can Date::Manip parse a unix timestamp' thread).
This allows you to use a period as a time separator. Ed Avis
You can now parse a holiday name in the Date::Manip::Date::parse method. For example, parse('Christmas'). Requested by Abigail.
Added WDn, IBD, and NBD modifiers.
You can now parse '2nd day in May' formats. Randy Harmon
If you include both the offset and abbreviation in the timezone portion of a date, the parenthesis around the abbreviation are now optional, so you can parse both:
-04:00 (EDT) -04:00 EDT
Requested by Steven Melendez.
You can now use a delta of 1.5 days. RT 42699
A date may now have multiple holidays. Keith Minkler
Fixed a bug where abbreviations were not being examined case insensitively. Jurgen Muck
The Holidays section may be safely split across multiple config files. A bug prevented this from working before.
The Norwegian translation was broken due to a typo in the language module.
Included complete documentation for each language.
Fixed a couple problems with Danish. Nicholas Oxhaj
Added Finnish (from a VERY old mail that I overlooked somehow). Iikka Virkkunen
Cleaned up the values used by printf directives to give the expected result.
Fixed a typo. Nicholas Bamber
Much of the delta code was reworked.
The constraint that a day is treated as 24 hours was removed (by adding the concept of semi-exact deltas) to better handle daylight saving time calculations.
Made cosmetic changes to which signs will be included in a delta to make the deltas more readable. Signs which are the same as the next higher field will be omitted, even if they cross set boundaries.
Added support for non-normalized deltas. See the $no_normalize option for the parse and set methods.
Removed limitations on subtract=2 not working with business calculations.
Thanks to discussion on perlmonks, and RT 65774 that prompted me to do this. I'd been wanting to do it for some time, but the discussion on perlmonks made me realize that this needed to be much higher priority.
In conjunction with the above work, added the 'semi' mode to Delta_Format.
The following config variables have been removed.
GlobalCnf IgnoreGlobalCnf PersonalCnf PersonalCnfPath PathSep Internal DeltaSigns UpdateCurrTZ ConvTZ OldConfigFiles ResetWorkDay
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2011n). RT 71595
Corrects a bug where +0000 and -0000 offsets were not parsed correctly. Aaron Hall
The zoneinfo data includes rules more than 20 years in the future, so we now store 30 years of future dates instead of 20 to catch these rules.
When parsing the timezone portion of the date, timezone abbreviations now take higher precedence than zone names (since that is how timezone information is typically specified). That only impacts dates where the a timezone name is the same as an abbreviation, such as 'CET'.
Previously, a date with CET in it was interpreted as in the CET timezone. Now it is interpreted as in a timezone with the CET abbreviation.
The date/delta parsing routines in DM6 will now handle an undef argument without issuing a warning. Earl C. Ruby III
Fixed a bug with the parse_format %f and %i formats. Tommi Rintala
Fixed a bug where the Date::Manip::Delta::set function didn't work to set the month value.
Fixed a bug where parsing some dates near during a DST change failed.
Minor bug fix when using Delta_Format. Prompted while investigating RT 41095.
A time separated by whitespace from the date can use a single digit hour. Yuming Philip Xiang
Config variables will be removed 2 years after they are deprecated (except for the TZ variable which, due to it's wide use, will be kept for 4 years).
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Spaces are ignored in the SetDate/ForceDate config values. Zsban Ambrus
Fixed a bug where 'in one week' wasn't correctly parsed. E. M. Shtern
Fixed a bug where options passed in to the 'new' as a listref weren't handled properly. Zsban Ambrus
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The Date::Manip::Recur::base method has been renamed to basedate . The Date::Manip::Recur::base method should return the Date::Manip::Base object like all the other Date::Manip modules.
Improved dealing with the bootstrap problem of defining holidays, especially those that contain business day flags. Mike Tonks
The printf function will now take multiple format strings and return a list of values. Zsban Ambrus
Fixed a bug where GlobalCnf wasn't working. Peter Edwards
Improved error messages in a few cases.
Fixed a bug where one invalid date/timezone check was ignored. Morten Bjornsvik
Fixed a bug where '$base2 = new Date::Manip::Base $base1' wasn't working. RT 67143
Fixed a bug where passing dates in to the Recur->dates method failed. RT 67144
Fixed a bug where the mode wasn't being preserved correctly for a delta. RT 67150
Fixed a bug in recurrences where a base date outside of a date range with a very uncommon recurrence format would not work correctly.
Fixed a problem where the '%s' printf option didn't work in GMT. Jean-Michel Hiver
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Fixed two bad recurrence examples in the documentation. Peter Edwards and Mike Tonks
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2011b)
Fixed a bug where the gmtoff method of getting the local timezone was broken. Martin Zinser.
Fixed the 'env' method of determining the local time zone to allow the value to be an offset of seconds since UTC. This allows the VMS SYS$TIMEZONE_DIFFERENTIAL variable to work correctly. Martin Zinser.
Removed the SYS$TIMEZONE_RULE method from VMS since the value stored there is not the name of a timezone (it's a rule in a non-standard format). Based on discussion with Martin Zinser.
Improved the order in which aliases, abbreviations, etc., are tested to test current usage before non-current usage (there were a few cases where old usages were getting tested before current usage.
The module will now die if a language module cannot be loaded (most likely due to a YAML::Syck issue). Based on discussion with Martin Zinser.
Added a sample config file document. Based on discussion with Rich Duzenbury.
Deltas may now contain spelled out numbers, so 'in 2 weeks' and 'in two weeks' will both work. Daniel Shahaf
Fixed a bug where week_of_year didn't work in some cases. Chris Eveland.
Fixed a minor potential bug. Geraint Edwards.
Updated windows time zone aliases. Daniel Harding
Added Norwegian. Glenn Sogn
Recurrences were reworked in a (slightly) backward incompatible way to improve their usefulness (and to make them conform to the expected results). Most recurrences will work the same as previously, but a few will differ. Most of this was suggested by Jay Jacobs.
A recurring event is now calculated relative to the base date, NOT relative to a previous event. For example, if a recurrence occurs every month, and the base date was Jan 31, then previously, recurring events would have been (in a non-leap year):
D(0) = Jan 31 D(1) = D(0) + 1 month = Feb 28 D(2) = D(1) + 1 month = Mar 28 ...
The new behavior is:
D(0) = Jan 31 D(1) = D(0) + 1*(1 month) = Feb 28 D(2) = D(0) + 2*(1 month) = Mar 31 ...
Previously, if a base date were not specified, it was not determined from the date range. Now, the start date of the date range acts as the base date.
The meaning of the base date has changed slightly. It is much more meaningful and useful now.
Added iterator functions. Daniel LaLiberte
The RecurNumFudgeDays variable is no longer used and is deprecated.
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2010o)
Date::Manip 5.xx and 6.xx are both installed automatically, and the correct one will be chosen.
Fixed a bug where recurrence handling was broken. RT 62128
A lot of documentation was cleaned up to be easier to read, and better organized.
Added the input methods to Date::Manip::Date and Date::Manip::Delta. Ed Avis.
The 'date +%z' command will also be used to determine the timezone. Oliver Schulze
Several changes to try to get rid of a memory leaks reported in RT 54937. Huge thanks to BrowserUK on perlmonks for help. Unfortunately, it ended up being a bug in perl, and will only be resolved when that bug is fixed. See the Date::Manip::Problems document for more information.
Reorganized Base/TZ to get rid of circular references. Added end blocks to clean some global variables. Got rid of switch/given structures.
Fixed a bug where an incomplete date with 'last' in it was causing an error. RT 60138
Fixed a bug where 'Sunday, 9th Jan 1972' wasn't parsed correctly. RT 57832
Fixed a bug where Zones.pm was generated with the abbreviations in the wrong order. Amish Chana.
French month abbreviations now support periods. Bernard Haerri
Added tests from RT 29655 to make sure that the problem never recurs.
Fixed documentation problem with the new_* methods in Date::Manip::Obj. Options must be passed in as \@opts rather than @opts.
Cleaned up some of the documentation.
With better support for international character sets, the old IntCharSet config variable (which was a bandaid at best) is deprecated. Currently, the functionality still exists, but it will be removed at some point.
Added the Encoding config variable.
Now supports parsing the EXIF date format. Rhesa Rozendaal
Fixed Build.PL to not require perl 5.010 since the distribution as a whole does not require that (and I want that fact to be in META.yml).
Fixed a bug where the Date::Manip::Date::set method was broken when setting individual fields. Helmut A. Bender
Fixed a bug where set didn't work in Date::Manip::Delta. Patch provided in RT 59096.
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2010m)
(*) Converted all language files to UTF-8 and added rudimentary support for character encodings. Some assistance by Stephen Ostermiller.
Fixed problem in Polish, Dutch. Stephen Ostermiller
Extended support for 'nth' up to 53rd. Paco Regodon
Added some corrections to German. Dieter Lange
Clarified Date::Manip::Recur documentation based on RT 59132.
Fixed a problem in Build.PL that had an incorrect module requirement.
Because the automatic module management tools cpan/cpanp would try to upgrade Date::Manip to the most recent version, and the most recent version will only work if perl 5.10.0 or higher is installed, both the 5.xx and 6.xx releases are now combined into a single distribution.
This is described more fully in the Date::Manip::Problems document.
In all operations involving time zones, the time zone must be determined. By default, it would take all of the information available (date, ISDST, etc.) and determine the most likely time zone. It would take every time zone that matched each piece of information, starting with those that matched in a standard time followed by those that matched in a daylight saving time.
When zones are specified by an offset, a standard time would always match since there are standard time zones that match all year long (the military time zones A-Z and the standard time zones of the form Etc/GMT+01). As a result, a daylight saving time match would never occur.
Since (if the date falls during a daylight saving time period) you usually want to use a time zone that has that offset in daylight saving time, the default is now to check daylight saving time zones first, followed by standard times.
See the Date::Manip::TZ manual (under the zone method) for more information.
Fixed a bug where Date_ConvTZ not working correctly with time zones specified by offset. Chris Butler
Fixed a bug where business mode calculations involving minutes was not handled correctly. Damien Moore
Fixed a bug where business mode calculations failed in some cases. RT 56638
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Changed Date::Manip::TZ::zone so "dst" is sometimes the default $dstflag. Based on the bug report by Chris Butler.
OpenUNIX puts a colon at the start of some time zones. It's removed. Jean Hassler
Converted tests to Test::Inter
Fixed a documentation bug in Date::Manip::TZ where "stdonly" was listed as the default value for $dstflag, but in actuality, "std" is the default.
Fixed bug in Date_TimeZone where it wasn't returning the time zone. Robert Eden
Minor bug where %Z printf format didn't always work.
Added support for 5pm back in (it was omitted accidentally). Mark Kennedy
Fixed a minor warning. Morten Bjoernsvik
Some additional speedups.
Newest zoneinfo data (tzdata 2010b)
Added dm_zdump example script.
Improved TZ::periods functionality
Fixed bug in Date_ConvTZ where empty values weren't defaulting to local time zone. Robert Eden
Fixed a couple of problems in the generated time zones for some odd cases (America/Resolute and Asia/Tehran).
In Date::Manip 5.xx, the %z format in UnixDate printed the offset in the form -0500. In 6.00, I changed that to -05:00:00, but this broke RFC 822 compliance.
I've changed %z back to -0500, and introduced a new format (%N) which returns -05:00:00.
Incidentally, this is the LAST unused letter, so I am now going to have to either stop adding formats, or add some extended format syntax. Not sure yet which, but this may involve a backwards incompatible change in the future.
Thanks to Moritz Lenz and BrowserUK on perlmonks for suggestions (and a number of other people on perlmonks for suggestions that I did not end up using, but which provided a great discussion).
Fixed a bug in parse_date where the current time was getting used instead of the documented 00:00:00
Bug fix where DateCalc didn't work with $mode in some cases.
Fixed Makefile.PL/Build.PL to handle Win32::TieRegistry requirement.
Changed %z printf behavior back to 5.xx and added %N format. Gilles Lamiral
Added dm_date example script.
Fixed bug where non-English Windows versions didn't get the time zone. Thanks to Rene Schickbauer for testing.
Reduced the precision of 1 test to avoid a rounding difference when using a perl compiled with uselongdouble. Andreas Koenig
Fixed a bug where events were not interpreted in the correct time zone if SetDate/ForceDate used.
Corrects a backward incompatibility with UnixDate. Rene Schickbauer
A couple more corrections to the tests.
Disabled curr_zone_methods when taint checking on. I believe that Date::Manip is completely taint friendly at this point.
A quick fix to make sure that the tests run correctly in other time zones.
(*) Fixed a bug where dates were sometimes getting the wrong time zone when SetDate/ForceDate in effect.
Date::Manip 6.00 is a total rethink of the module, and a nearly complete rewrite. Please refer to the Date::Manip::Changes5to6 document for a list of incompatible changes.
(*) Massive reorganization and near total rewrite.
(*) Broke into several smaller modules
(*) Full time zone support (using tzdata 2009s)
Added some functionality (suggested by James Elson to improve setting the "current time". Done with the ForceDate config variable.
(*) Converted languages to YAML for much easier maintenance. Patch and suggestion provided by Evan Carroll
Added much better formats for deltas. Suggested by Jim Hranicky.
Borrowed the _FindWindowsTZName function from the DateTime-TimeZone module.
Added SetDate config variable (based on a suggestion by Christian Campbell).
Added parse_format which was first suggested by Kim Ryan.
Several config variables deprecated
Thanks to Jonathan Hogue for helping test Windows additions.
Fixed a bug where "YYtoYYYY=c" wouldn't work.
VMS bugfix to not call `date` command. Lane
New Year's Day defined using a recurrence which might push the observed day to the previous year was broken. Reported by Jerry Wilcox.
Fixed typo in Turkish translation.
Spelling fix in Dutch. Bart Van Loon
I have received many suggestions over time which were automatically handled during the 6.00 rewrite. Although the changes weren't made because of the suggestions specifically, I wanted to acknowledge them since I appreciate the suggestions.
I believe the first person to suggest writing Date::Manip as an OO module was Eduard Derksen.
Delta_Format initialization done outside of the function. Eric Boehm
Added $subtract to calculation routines. First suggested by Steve Berlage.
Added ability to set individual parts of the date (Date::Manip::Date::set). First suggested by Martin Thurn.
UnixDate (i.e. Date::Manip::Date::printf) only calculates formats when they are needed. Eduard Derksen
Parsing will skip some date/time formats if requested. This was first suggested by Eduard Derksen.
It has been suggested several times to support multiple languages, multiple config files, or multiple sets of Date_Init options. These suggestions (by Meng Fang, Ed Avis, Christian Campbell, and perhaps others) were at the back of my mind as I developed the Date::Manip::Base class.
The regular expressions are all i18n friendly in anticipation of much better support for localization. First suggested by Alex Kapranoff.
Parsing a date ('today', 'Monday') gives a time of '00:00:00'. Suggested by Mark Aitchison.
Working with fractional days was suggested by Peter van Hardenberg. This is implemented in Date::Manip::Base::day_of_year method.
Please refer to the Date::Manip::Problems documentation for information on submitting bug reports or questions to the author.
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