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Strange CVS update date format 'P'

From: Mark E. Hamilton
Subject: Strange CVS update date format 'P'
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 16:26:36 -0700
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I just had a developer come to me with a very strange problem. All of the files in his sandbox had been checked out from the date 'D2008.', and he had not done that. After investigating we determined that he had intended to check out any new directories and prune empties, so he used the (incorrect) command

cvs update -DP

instead of using the option '-dP'

Since the '-D' option sets the update date, this passed the date string 'P' to CVS. I assumed the date 'P' would have been invalid, but I tried it with raw cvs and it took it. (In fact, 'cvs update -D <date>' will accept any single upper case character except 'J' for the date string.)

Is this one of those "intentionally not documented here" date formats the manual talks about, or are these just some odd truncated ISO8601 date formats?

Mark E. Hamilton
Orion International Technologies, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratory, NM.

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