Re: [Evolution] Bugs in birthday handling

On Sun, 2005-01-02 at 10:26 +0100, Bram Mertens wrote:
On Sat, 2005-01-01 at 21:09 +0100, Andre Klapper wrote:
Am Samstag, den 01.01.2005, 02:15 +0530 schrieb Sandip Bhattacharya: 
In one contact I just created along with the date of birth (in 1945),
the corresponding birthday calendar entry shows that the entry is marked
for every year since the same date in *1970*.
feel free to add comments to :-)

If I understand this correctly, all dates in evolution (or perhaps even
in gnome) should be between 1970 and 2039. Why is this?

I suspect it's because times in Posix (not evo or gnome or linux) are
referenced from a single point called the Epoch - aka 1st Jan 1970.  All
time is measured as seconds from that point in an unsigned integer.
Time before that does not exist. :-)  (and as an aside - time after 2038
doesn't exist either)

You have to remember that the birthday calendar thing was an add-on (in
fact a bounty) to the original calendaring application - and in a non-
historical calendar you don't need to add entries before 'now', and the
Evo calendar was probably never designed to be historical.  I would
imagine that a quite extensive re-write would have to be done to make it
compatible with pre-1970 dates.


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