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Request #45509 create_date_from_format() cannot parse negative (BC) dates
Submitted: 2008-07-14 13:29 UTC Modified: 2015-08-28 01:11 UTC
Votes:8
Avg. Score:4.2 ± 0.8
Reproduced:4 of 5 (80.0%)
Same Version:3 (75.0%)
Same OS:2 (50.0%)
From: tj at systisoft dot com Assigned: derick (profile)
Status: Assigned Package: Date/time related
PHP Version: 5.3CVS-2008-11-11 OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2008-07-14 13:29 UTC] tj at systisoft dot com
Description:
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While the constructor of DateTime can handle negaive dates (BC dates), create_date_from_format cannot.

Reproduce code:
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$d = new DateTime("-4000-01-31"); echo $d->format("Y-m-d"), PHP_EOL;
$d = date_create_from_format("Y-m-d", "4000-01-31"); echo $d->format("Y-m-d"), PHP_EOL;
$d = date_create_from_format("Y-m-d", "-4000-01-31"); echo $d->format("Y-m-d"), PHP_EOL;

Expected result:
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-4000-01-31
4000-01-31
-4000-01-31

Actual result:
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-4000-01-31
4000-01-31
PHP Fatal error:  Call to a member function format() on a non-object in Command line code on line 3

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 [2015-08-28 01:11 UTC] cmb@php.net
-Type: Bug +Type: Feature/Change Request
 [2015-08-28 01:11 UTC] cmb@php.net
Well, the "Y" format specifier expects a four-digit year – so
actually this is not a bug. I'm changing to feature request.
 [2018-12-05 14:15 UTC] bjoern dot fischer at dezem dot de
The documentation of 'create_date_from_format()' says that the identifiers behave like the ones of 'date()'. In 'date()' when format the timestamp for the year 10000, date will output '10000' and not '0000'. So 'Y' is actually a *at least* four-digit year. See: https://3v4l.org/iOHWa

Because of this, I would argue that this actually is a bug.
 
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