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Re: Number of days in a month

From: Jason Earl <jason(dot)earl(at)simplot(dot)com>
To: Michael Klatt <mdklatt(at)ou(dot)edu>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Number of days in a month
Date: 2001-12-06 19:14:10
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What I usually do when I have to figure out this type of thing on the
fly (in whatever programming language) is to jump to the first of the
next month, and then back one day.  That gets you the last day of
whatever month you are talking about.  Here's an example that figures
the number of days in the current month.

SELECT date_part('day', 
        (date_part('year', CURRENT_DATE) || '-' ||
        date_part('month', CURRENT_DATE) || '-01')::date 
                + '1 month'::interval
                - '1 day'::interval) AS days;

This looks a little clumsy because I have to create a date for the
first day of the current month by getting the current year and and
month and using the || operator to paste these together in the form:
YYYY-MM-01, and then casting that bit of text as a date.

If this is something you do a lot it would be fairly simple to create
a function that did such a thing.  In fact, just for fun I created one
myself.  Simply pass in the year and month as integers and you get
your response.

CREATE FUNCTION num_days(int, int) RETURNS float8 AS -- years, months
	'SELECT date_part(''day'',
		(($1::text || ''-'' || $2::text || ''-01'')::date
			+ ''1 month''::interval
			- ''1 day''::interval)) AS days'

And a quick test.

SELECT num_days(2000, 2), num_days(2001, 2), num_days(2002, 3);
 num_days | num_days | num_days 
       29 |       28 |       31
(1 row)

Now, I am not entirely sure that this is the *best* way to go about
this, but it works.  Hopefully someone else will point out a better
method if one exists.


Michael Klatt <mdklatt(at)ou(dot)edu> writes:

> Is there a PostgreSQL function to return the number of days in a month?
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