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20010: Y2K bug redux?
(...or bug in Y2K fix?)

 9:00 pm on Jan 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

This more-novice-than-not Perl fan uses a message board script that I've tweaked and updated to a fare thee well since 1997. A Y2K fix took care of that date problem, but now I have a new one -- posts dated akin to:

Monday, 4 January 20010, at 9:53 a.m.

Thinking all I needed to do was tweak the Y2K fix (probably my first of many mistakes), I did. And now I've re-re-re-tweaked enough times that I'm about to get my all-unsuccessful test versions mixed up to a fare thee well, too.

Anyway. The original Y2K fix has three parts, placed in different parts of the .pl file, this one --

if ($year > 99) { $year = $year-100; }

-- and this:

$todaydate = "$days[$wday], $mday $months[$mon] 200$year, ";
$todaydate = $todaydate."at $hour\:$min $ampm";

-- and this:

$StartYear = $FORM{'EndYear'}-2000;
$EndYear = $FORM{'StartYear'}-2000;

I tried swapping 201$year (and 20$year, and 2$year, and $year) for 200$year, and 2010 for 2000. Nothing changed. Ditto these found somewhere/cobbled together additions:

if ($year eq 10) { $year = "$year"; }
if ($year < 10) { $year = "0$year"; }

Thoughts, please? Again, clearly I'm not a Perl maven:) Also, apologies if the preceding snippets are insufficient to help troubleshoot the snafu. Any/all assistance will be appreciated, thank you!



 10:24 pm on Jan 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

And now, from the "Hindsight is 20/20" Department --

After staring at the program for too many hours, the only in-use part of the original Y2K fix that needed fixing was:

$todaydate = "$days[$wday], $mday $months[$mon] [b]200[/b]$year, ";

And the solution?

$todaydate = "$days[$wday], $mday $months[$mon] [b]20[/b]$year, ";

Darned if I didn't test that exact tweak early on, and l_o_n_g before posting here on this board. But -- I forgot to test each tweak via a new post on my board. I just kept reloading the index thinking the wrongly-dated posts would change, completely blanking out that those files were already written to disk. (slaps head)

So-o-o, to quote Gilda Radner's quirkily wonderful Emily Litella on SNL, "Never mind. [en.wikipedia.org]" :)

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