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bug #44569: find newermt issues impenetrable diagnostic for ambiguous dates

Submitter:  Andrey Oliveira <andreyoliveira>
Submitted:  Wed 18 Mar 2015 02:04:33 PM UTC
Category:  find Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  Invalid
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  4.5.14 Fixed Release:  None
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Sat 28 Mar 2015 10:23:33 PM UTC, comment #2: 

While the date/time may indeed be ambiguous, this is a poor quality error message.   I would hope that can be more helpful to the user.   I will change the summary.

James Youngman <jay>
Project Administrator
Wed 18 Mar 2015 02:22:22 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This is not a bug in find.


The find command shares the same date parser as used in coreutils' date(1) - and that parser honors daylight savings rules of your current locale.  As you apparently live in a locale where that specific date in October has no midnight (jumping straight from 23:59 on the previous day to 1:00 on that day), then the date you have specified really is bogus.  Try specifying a time that includes a safer hour, such as noon, that is unlikely to not exist due to daylight savings jumps, or try using TZ=UTC to force a time zone that doesn't have daylight savings issues.

Eric Blake <ericb>
Project Administrator
Wed 18 Mar 2015 02:04:33 PM UTC, original submission:  

The "find" has problems to work with some dates. Apparently one day in October every year.


Command: find -maxdepth 1 -type f -newermt 2014-10-19

Result: find: I cannot figure out how to interpret '2014-10-19' as a date or time

Dates that have problems:


All other dates in the year has no problems.

Tested in Ubuntu, Slackware and Debian with findutils version in lastest stable packages, tested findutils 4.4.2 tarball and lastest 4.5.15-git from your git repository. All had the same problem.

Andrey Oliveira <andreyoliveira>


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    2015-03-28 jay Summaryfind newermt cannot figure out how to interpret some dates. find newermt issues impenetrable diagnostic for ambiguous dates
    2015-03-18 ericb StatusNone Invalid
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2015-03-18 andreyoliveira Attached File- Added findbug.png, #33388
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