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authorBrian Somers <brian@FreeBSD.org>2010-06-12 02:00:15 +0000
committerBrian Somers <brian@FreeBSD.org>2010-06-12 02:00:15 +0000
commitc9a1e85664dd15d3b77da800bacfc3b66f79af3e (patch)
parentefd6236a6a460a28da69f32bc66165c135ca91d9 (diff)
MFC r208795; additional date -v detail
PR: 147354 Approved by: re (kib)
Notes: svn path=/stable/8/; revision=209086
1 files changed, 11 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/bin/date/date.1 b/bin/date/date.1
index b57f4ab11215..1320748a5790 100644
--- a/bin/date/date.1
+++ b/bin/date/date.1
@@ -32,7 +32,7 @@
.\" @(#)date.1 8.3 (Berkeley) 4/28/95
.\" $FreeBSD$
-.Dd June 2, 2007
+.Dd June 3, 2010
.Dt DATE 1
@@ -219,6 +219,14 @@ When the date is adjusted to a specific value that occurs twice
the resulting timezone will be set so that the date matches the earlier of
the two times.
+It is not possible to adjust a date to an invalid absolute day, so using
+the switches
+.Fl v No 31d Fl v No 12m
+will simply fail five months of the year.
+It is therefore usual to set the month before setting the day; using
+.Fl v No 12m Fl v No 31d
+always works.
Adjusting the date by months is inherently ambiguous because
a month is a unit of variable length depending on the current date.
This kind of date adjustment is applied in the most intuitive way.
@@ -339,9 +347,9 @@ will display the last day of February in the year 2000:
.Dl "Tue Feb 29 03:18:00 GMT 2000"
-So will do the command:
+So will the command:
-.Dl "date -v30d -v3m -v0y -v-1m"
+.Dl "date -v3m -v30d -v0y -v-1m"
because there is no such date as the 30th of February.