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Re: Date processing should be more flexible

From: Christopher Ness <chris_at_nesser.org>
Date: 2005-07-04 16:53:37 CEST

On Sat, 2005-07-02 at 10:30 -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Jul 2, 2005, at 9:24 AM, Alex Barba wrote:
>
> > CVS has a very flexible date parser. I'd like svn to get some of
> > that flexibility as well.
>
> Yup, it's funny, Subversion used to use CVS's date parser (the same
> bison file), so in the early days you could type something like 'svn
> update -r {"two weeks ago"}'. But just before 1.0, we decided it
> would be a nightmare to support, so quickly wrote our own date-parser
> with a very limited set of formats.
>
> Still, I agree, we should be able to parse "2005-7-5" as if it were
> "2000-07-05". And it would be nice to use "2005/07/05" as well.

Ben,

What revisions was this file removed and the new parser implemented in.
I'd like to read the code to see where I can go with this in my spare
time.

With the obvious volume of messages in this thread the implementation
should be hidden in a function with a good interface to Subversion's
internal format.
Therefore it would be quick to tweak separator chars and how the input
is formatted, etc.

Subcommands using the date parsing include:
    log, diff, info, blame..... and maybe more?

Thanks,
Chris

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