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Doc Bug #79685 createFromFormat doesn't work easily with unpadded components
Submitted: 2020-06-10 09:02 UTC Modified: 2020-06-10 11:21 UTC
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Status: Open Package: Date/time related
PHP Version: 7.4.6 OS: Linux
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 [2020-06-10 09:02 UTC] contact at eslistavenga dot nl
When using the DateTime format ymdGis without any formatting, like hour/minute/second separator, the method will throw an error. See code example below. The method expects a leading 0, even tho the hour format 'G' was used and not 'H'

Test script:

//won't work
$date = DateTime::createFromFormat('ymdGis', '20061071018');

var_dump($date); //false

//will work
$date = DateTime::createFromFormat('ymdG-is', '2006107-1018');

var_dump($date); //DateTime::object

Expected result:
A valid DateTime object

Actual result:


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 [2020-06-10 11:21 UTC]
-Summary: createFromFormat doesn't work with option G +Summary: createFromFormat doesn't work easily with unpadded components -Type: Bug +Type: Documentation Problem
 [2020-06-10 11:21 UTC]
The docs should explain in a little more detail about how the parser tries to handle this sort of situation. As when happens with other date strings in PHP, 'G' will not match *only* 0-23 but will support anything up to 99 and then overflow the date if you go too high. When the docs say 1 or 2 digits, that means it will consume one digit at a minimum and then consume the next if it's a digit as well. It will *not* stop at one digit just because the digit was 3-9, *nor* will it backtrack if it matches '2' then 4-9.
So 'G' is taking '71' (which would result in overflow), thus leaving the 's' one digit short, causing the parsing to fail.

Moral of the story is that you should always use padded numbers in your computer-friendly date strings.
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