Re: date() should not append a final "\n" ?!?

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Subject: Re: date() should not append a final "\n" ?!?
From: Martin Maechler (maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch)
Date: Thu 19 Aug 1999 - 19:48:08 EST


Message-Id: <199908190948.LAA24138@sophie.ethz.ch>

>>>>> On Thu, 19 Aug 1999 11:43:46 +0200 (CEST), Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik@ci.tuwien.ac.at> said:

>>>>> Martin Maechler writes:
>>>>> On Thu, 19 Aug 1999 10:45:35 +0200,
>>>>> Martin Maechler (MM) wrote:

MM> Between R 0.63.2 and 0.64, the behavior of
MM> date()
MM> has been changed in order to become platform independent.
MM> It now uses POSIX calls, basically

MM> time_t t;
MM> time(&t);
MM> return ctime(&t);

MM> This currently returns (for me on Sun SPARC Solaris)

>>>>> date()
MM> [1] "Thu Aug 19 10:36:28 1999\n"

MM> where I think the final "\n" is really UNdesired.

FrL> Yes!

>> Okay,
>> I checked Lewine (1991) "POSIX Programmer's Guide" :

>> POSIX specifies that ctime() has a final "\n"
>> (before the string terminator \0)
>> and always length 26 (incl. terminator)

>> Hence, we have to drop the final "\n",
>> already in function R_Date() which is [in src/main/platform.c]
>> currently
>> char *R_Date()
>> {
>> time_t t;
>> time(&t);
>> return ctime(&t);
>> }

>> How can we drop is this done in the most elegant way?
>> (without having to allocate a char[26] ?)

KH> Be brutal, do

KH> date <- function() substring(.Internal(date()), 1, 24)

Kurt, I said
                "most elegant way"
about 5 lines above..

And also for the C API, we want R_Date() to be correct.

{{I really wonder that the POSIX people where thinking when they
  appended the "\n";
  appending afterwards is always much easier than removing....
}}
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