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Request #41842 Cannot create years < 0100 & negative years with date_create or new DateTime
Submitted: 2007-06-28 16:36 UTC Modified: 2007-07-12 19:01 UTC
From: mattsch at gmail dot com Assigned: derick (profile)
Status: Closed Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 5.2.3 OS: Gentoo Linux 2007.0
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2007-06-28 16:36 UTC] mattsch at gmail dot com
When attempting to create a new date with a negative year and display that date, the format function returns today's date with the timezone offset modified and set to what the negative year should be.

Reproduce code:
$date = new DateTime('-2007-06-28');
echo $date->format(DATE_ISO8601);

Expected result:


Actual result:



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 [2007-06-28 18:17 UTC]
The current code was not meant to do this, so it's not a real "bug" - however, I'll check whether we can support this without breaking something else.
 [2007-06-29 17:22 UTC] mattsch at gmail dot com
I have discovered that it is also unable to create years between 0000 and 0099.
 [2007-06-30 02:13 UTC]
Sure you can.  But of course a leading 0 indicates an octal number, so 099 is not a valid number.  
 [2007-06-30 16:58 UTC] mattsch at gmail dot com
I understand that it would be octal with a leading zero if I was creating an integer but I'm sending it a string though so I'm not sure how that applies.  What I am referencing is the ISO 8601 standard which does not allow years to be less than 4 digits.  So years less than 100 must be padded with a zero and years less than 99 must be padded with two zeros, etc.

Quoted from ISO 8601:2004(E):

3.6 Leading zeros
If a time element in a defined representation has a defined length, then leading zeros shall be used as

calendar year is, unless specified otherwise, represented by four digits. Calendar years are numbered in
ascending order according to the Gregorian calendar by values in the range [0000] to [9999]. Values in
the range [0000] through [1582] shall only be used by mutual agreement of the partners in information

Calendar date ?
Basic format: &#8722;00020412

Extended format: &#8722;0002-04-12

Explanation: Expanded; four digits to represent the year.
The twelfth of April in the second year before
the year [0000]
 [2007-07-12 19:01 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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