[Rd] trunc.Date and round.Date + documentation of DateTimeClasses

SOEIRO Thomas Thom@@@SOEIRO @end|ng |rom @p-hm@|r
Thu Sep 30 12:32:32 CEST 2021

About fractional days, trunc.Date2 actually seems to have no regression and to be backward compatible compared to the original trunc.Date:

frac <- as.Date("2020-01-01") + 0.5
identical(trunc(frac), trunc.Date2(frac))

(I may still miss something since I do not understand how trunc.Date manage fractional days with round(x - 0.4999999).)

-----Message d'origine-----
De : SOEIRO Thomas 
Envoyé : mercredi 29 septembre 2021 17:00
À : 'r-devel using r-project.org'
Objet : trunc.Date and round.Date + documentation of DateTimeClasses

Dear All,

1) trunc.Date and round.Date:

Currently, the help page for trunc.Date and round.Date says "The methods for class "Date" are of little use except to remove fractional days". However, e.g., trunc.POSIXt(Sys.Date(), "years") and round.POSIXt(Sys.Date(), "years") work because the functions start with x <- as.POSIXlt(x).

Would you consider a simple implementation of trunc.Date and round.Date based on trunc.POSIXt and round.POSIXt? This would enable to avoid coercion from Date to POSIXt and back to Date for these simple manipulations.

For example:
# (I do not have a clear understanding of what "remove fractional days" means, and I did not implement it.)
trunc.Date2 <-
  function(x, units = c("days", "months", "years"), ...)
    units <- match.arg(units)
    x <- as.POSIXlt(x)
           "days" = {
             x$sec[] <- 0; x$min[] <- 0L; x$hour[] <- 0L;
             x$isdst[] <- -1L
           "months" = {
             x$sec[] <- 0; x$min[] <- 0L; x$hour[] <- 0L;
             x$mday[] <- 1L
             x$isdst[] <- -1L
           "years" = {
             x$sec[] <- 0; x$min[] <- 0L; x$hour[] <- 0L;
             x$mday[] <- 1L; x$mon[] <- 0L
             x$isdst[] <- -1L

2) documentation of DateTimeClasses:

It may be useful to add in the documentation of DateTimeClasses that manipulating elements of POSIXlt objects may results in "invalid" entries (e.g., mon = 12 or mday = 0), but that the object is nevertheless correctly printed/coerced.

Is this behavior explicitly supported?

d <- as.POSIXlt("2000-01-01")
d$mon <- d$mon + 12
d$mday <- d$ mday - 1
d <- as.POSIXlt(as.POSIXct(d))



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