Re: /contrib/unixdate: Broke in cvs tip.

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org>
Cc: PostgreSQL Hackers List <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: /contrib/unixdate: Broke in cvs tip.
Date: 2001-05-29 14:13:16
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Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org> writes:
> I tried to use the unixdate contrib, and got the following:

I think unixdate is suffering from bit-rot. Most or all of what it
does is now part of the mainframe anyway.

> Any ideas? (I need SOMETHING that takes a unix timestamp and turns it
> to timestamp. )

There are a number of ways. I tend to rely on the binary equivalence
between int4 and abstime:

regression=# select now()::abstime::int4;
(1 row)

regression=# select 991145365::int4::abstime::timestamp;
2001-05-29 10:09:25-04
(1 row)

but the more officially supported way to do the former is
date_part('epoch', timestamp), and I think there is also an
Approved Way to do the latter. (Thomas?)

regards, tom lane

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