[Rd] Surprising length() of POSIXlt vector (PR#14073)

From: <mark_at_celos.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 23:30:13 +0100 (CET)


Arrays of POSIXlt dates always return a length of 9. This is correct (they're really lists of vectors of seconds, hours, and so forth), but other methods disguise them as flat vectors, giving superficially surprising behaviour:

  strings <- paste('2009-1-', 1:31, sep='')   dates <- strptime(strings, format="%Y-%m-%d")

  print(dates)
# [1] "2009-01-01" "2009-01-02" "2009-01-03" "2009-01-04" "2009-01-05"
# [6] "2009-01-06" "2009-01-07" "2009-01-08" "2009-01-09" "2009-01-10"
# [11] "2009-01-11" "2009-01-12" "2009-01-13" "2009-01-14" "2009-01-15"
# [16] "2009-01-16" "2009-01-17" "2009-01-18" "2009-01-19" "2009-01-20"
# [21] "2009-01-21" "2009-01-22" "2009-01-23" "2009-01-24" "2009-01-25"
# [26] "2009-01-26" "2009-01-27" "2009-01-28" "2009-01-29" "2009-01-30"
# [31] "2009-01-31"

  print(length(dates))
# [1] 9
  

  str(dates)
# POSIXlt[1:9], format: "2009-01-01" "2009-01-02" "2009-01-03" "2009-01-04" ...

  print(dates[20])
# [1] "2009-01-20"

  print(length(dates[20]))
# [1] 9

I've since realised that POSIXct makes date vectors easier, but could we also have something like:

  length.POSIXlt <- function(x) { length(x$sec) }

in datetime.R, to avoid breaking functions (like the str.POSIXt method) which use length() in this way?

Thanks,
Mark <><


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