On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 05:50:56PM +0700, Duy Nguyen wrote:

> On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM, Rodrigo Fernandes <rtfrodr...@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> > I get an empty response on the date field, but since pretty has `%ad`
> > it should follow the --date and return the date even if wrong.
> >
> > ...
> >
> > I tried to check the source code but have no idea where to start,
> > maybe if you point me on some direction I can take a look for my self.
> pretty.c, format_commit_one() -> format_person_part() ->
> show_ident_date() -> show_date(). The last one is in date.c

show_ident_date() recently learned to always print "Jan 1 1970" as a
sentinel for dates that cannot be parsed (or for --date=raw, "0 +0000").
But I do not think we hit that code path at all here.

It looks like split_ident_line notices the bogus date and returns NULL
for s.date_begin. Then format_person_part skips the placeholder, since
it knows we have nothing worth showing.

I think we probably want to do something like:

diff --git a/pretty.c b/pretty.c
index 3c43db5..7214a2c 100644
--- a/pretty.c
+++ b/pretty.c
@@ -732,14 +732,6 @@ static size_t format_person_part(struct strbuf *sb, char 
                return placeholder_len;
-       if (!s.date_begin)
-               goto skip;
-       if (part == 't') {      /* date, UNIX timestamp */
-               strbuf_add(sb, s.date_begin, s.date_end - s.date_begin);
-               return placeholder_len;
-       }
        switch (part) {
        case 'd':       /* date */
                strbuf_addstr(sb, show_ident_date(&s, dmode));
@@ -753,6 +745,9 @@ static size_t format_person_part(struct strbuf *sb, char 
        case 'i':       /* date, ISO 8601 */
                strbuf_addstr(sb, show_ident_date(&s, DATE_ISO8601));
                return placeholder_len;
+       case 't':       /* date, UNIX timestamp */
+               strbuf_addstr(sb, show_ident_date(&s, DATE_RAW));
+               return placeholder_len;

to at least make --format date output consistent with the rest of git
(and to make "%at" consistent with "%ad" and --date=raw). That still
doesn't address Rodrigo's concern, though (we would print "0 +0000").

For that, we would want on top:

  1. Teach split_ident_line to return _something_ for his malformed

  2. Teach show_ident_line to treat DATE_RAW to truly output raw
     content, even if it is malformed.

I am not sure whether those are a good idea or not. The current code
provides some level of sanitization, so that a parser of log output will
not get malformed cruft. And DATE_RAW may mean "show me what is in the
raw commit, even if it is broken". Or it may just mean "show me the date
in unix timestamp format, because that is easy to parse".

I'd argue that if somebody really wants the former, they should be using
"--pretty=raw", which will show the raw commit headers, without any
parsing or fixup at all.

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