As people use Git to create synthetic commits of code written in the
past [1,2] it becomes important to handle dates before the Unix epoch
(1/1/1970). I see that modern C libraries, Unix kernels, and tools can
handle such dates. However Git seems to mishandle such dates in several
places, such as in date.c [3,4]. I'm planning to work on a fix, but
before I embark on this I have a few questions.
- Do you see any reasons that may prevent the acceptance of such a patch?
- Can you think of any non-obvious issues (e.g. backward compatibility,
switch to the Gregorian calendar) I should be aware of?
- Should I submit changes as a bug fix on the maint branch or as a new
feature on master?
 https://github.com/dspinellis/unix-history-repo (original dates)
 https://github.com/chrislgarry/Apollo-11 (wrong dates)
Diomidis Spinellis - https://www.spinellis.gr