Commit add00ba2 authored by Jeff King's avatar Jeff King Committed by Junio C Hamano

date: make "local" orthogonal to date format

Most of our "--date" modes are about the format of the date:
which items we show and in what order. But "--date=local" is
a bit of an oddball. It means "show the date in the normal
format, but using the local timezone". The timezone we use
is orthogonal to the actual format, and there is no reason
we could not have "localized iso8601", etc.

This patch adds a "local" boolean field to "struct
date_mode", and drops the DATE_LOCAL element from the
date_mode_type enum (it's now just DATE_NORMAL plus
local=1). The new feature is accessible to users by adding
"-local" to any date mode (e.g., "iso-local"), and we retain
"local" as an alias for "default-local" for backwards
Signed-off-by: default avatarJeff King <>
Signed-off-by: John Keeping's avatarJohn Keeping <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJunio C Hamano <>
parent dc6d782c
......@@ -702,12 +702,16 @@ include::pretty-options.txt[]
Only takes effect for dates shown in human-readable format, such
as when using `--pretty`. `` config variable sets a default
value for the log command's `--date` option.
value for the log command's `--date` option. By default, dates
are shown in the original time zone (either committer's or
author's). If `-local` is appended to the format (e.g.,
`iso-local`), the user's local time zone is used instead.
`--date=relative` shows dates relative to the current time,
e.g. ``2 hours ago''.
e.g. ``2 hours ago''. The `-local` option cannot be used with
`--raw` or `--relative`.
`--date=local` shows timestamps in user's local time zone.
`--date=local` is an alias for `--date=default-local`.
`--date=iso` (or `--date=iso8601`) shows timestamps in a ISO 8601-like format.
The differences to the strict ISO 8601 format are:
......@@ -730,10 +734,15 @@ format, often found in email messages.
`--date=format:...` feeds the format `...` to your system `strftime`.
Use `--date=format:%c` to show the date in your system locale's
preferred format. See the `strftime` manual for a complete list of
format placeholders.
format placeholders. When using `-local`, the correct syntax is
`--date=default` shows timestamps in the original time zone
(either committer's or author's).
`--date=default` is the default format, and is similar to
`--date=rfc2822`, with a few exceptions:
- there is no comma after the day-of-week
- the time zone is omitted when the local time zone is used
......@@ -2600,7 +2600,6 @@ int cmd_blame(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
fewer display columns. */
blame_date_width = utf8_strwidth(_("4 years, 11 months ago")) + 1; /* add the null */
blame_date_width = sizeof("Thu Oct 19 16:00:04 2006 -0700");
......@@ -1110,7 +1110,6 @@ struct date_mode {
......@@ -1118,6 +1117,7 @@ struct date_mode {
} type;
const char *strftime_fmt;
int local;
......@@ -166,6 +166,7 @@ struct date_mode *date_mode_from_type(enum date_mode_type type)
if (type == DATE_STRFTIME)
die("BUG: cannot create anonymous strftime date_mode struct");
mode.type = type;
mode.local = 0;
return &mode;
......@@ -174,7 +175,7 @@ const char *show_date(unsigned long time, int tz, const struct date_mode *mode)
struct tm *tm;
static struct strbuf timebuf = STRBUF_INIT;
if (mode->type == DATE_LOCAL)
if (mode->local)
tz = local_tzoffset(time);
if (mode->type == DATE_RAW) {
......@@ -232,7 +233,7 @@ const char *show_date(unsigned long time, int tz, const struct date_mode *mode)
tm->tm_hour, tm->tm_min, tm->tm_sec,
tm->tm_year + 1900,
(mode->type == DATE_LOCAL) ? 0 : ' ',
mode->local ? 0 : ' ',
return timebuf.buf;
......@@ -770,31 +771,50 @@ int parse_date(const char *date, struct strbuf *result)
return 0;
static enum date_mode_type parse_date_type(const char *format, const char **end)
if (skip_prefix(format, "relative", end))
if (skip_prefix(format, "iso8601-strict", end) ||
skip_prefix(format, "iso-strict", end))
return DATE_ISO8601_STRICT;
if (skip_prefix(format, "iso8601", end) ||
skip_prefix(format, "iso", end))
return DATE_ISO8601;
if (skip_prefix(format, "rfc2822", end) ||
skip_prefix(format, "rfc", end))
return DATE_RFC2822;
if (skip_prefix(format, "short", end))
return DATE_SHORT;
if (skip_prefix(format, "default", end))
if (skip_prefix(format, "raw", end))
return DATE_RAW;
if (skip_prefix(format, "format", end))
die("unknown date format %s", format);
void parse_date_format(const char *format, struct date_mode *mode)
if (!strcmp(format, "relative"))
mode->type = DATE_RELATIVE;
else if (!strcmp(format, "iso8601") ||
!strcmp(format, "iso"))
mode->type = DATE_ISO8601;
else if (!strcmp(format, "iso8601-strict") ||
!strcmp(format, "iso-strict"))
mode->type = DATE_ISO8601_STRICT;
else if (!strcmp(format, "rfc2822") ||
!strcmp(format, "rfc"))
mode->type = DATE_RFC2822;
else if (!strcmp(format, "short"))
mode->type = DATE_SHORT;
else if (!strcmp(format, "local"))
mode->type = DATE_LOCAL;
else if (!strcmp(format, "default"))
mode->type = DATE_NORMAL;
else if (!strcmp(format, "raw"))
mode->type = DATE_RAW;
else if (skip_prefix(format, "format:", &format)) {
mode->type = DATE_STRFTIME;
mode->strftime_fmt = xstrdup(format);
} else
const char *p;
/* historical alias */
if (!strcmp(format, "local"))
format = "default-local";
mode->type = parse_date_type(format, &p);
mode->local = 0;
if (skip_prefix(p, "-local", &p))
mode->local = 1;
if (mode->type == DATE_STRFTIME) {
if (!skip_prefix(p, ":", &p))
die("date format missing colon separator: %s", format);
mode->strftime_fmt = xstrdup(p);
} else if (*p)
die("unknown date format %s", format);
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