[pmwiki-users] How to: calculate how many days left

Randy randy at brownragfilms.com
Wed Feb 27 13:05:55 CST 2008

Thanks, Hans! I had assumed the page variable provides a number, not a  

I realize PmWiki may have to do it that way, but that presents a  
problem: the format for the string can be a local customization. For  
example, I use an international-friendly format "Wed 2008-02-27 01:23  
CST". But it seems like ftime limits the formats in unspecified ways.  
For example, it appears to want "at" to precede time in the string -  
forcing me to be less concise. And in my limited tests I haven't yet  
found a way to put year before month before date.

In doing these tests I've found that even when I use the standard  
PmWiki format with varying "when" strings, only the first invocation  
of ftime is actually calculated.

Here's my latest test and its results.

[@{(ftime %s)}@] = {(ftime %s)}
standard pmwiki format = {(ftime %s when="February 27, 2008, at 05:28  
standard pmwiki format next day = {(ftime %s when="February 28, 2008,  
at 05:28 AM")}
standard pmwiki format two days later = {(ftime %s when="March 1,  
2008, at 05:28 AM")}
format2 = {(ftime %s when="2/27/2008 at 15:28")}
format3 = {(ftime %s when="2008-02-27 at 15:28 CST")}
format4 = {(ftime %s when="2008-02-27 at 05:28 AM")}
format5 = {(ftime %s when="2/27/2008 at 05:28 CST")}


{(ftime %s)} = 1204138129
standard pmwiki format = 1204138129
standard pmwiki format next day = 1204138129
standard pmwiki format two days later = 1204138129
format2 = 1204138129
format3 = 1204092000
format4 = 1204092000
format5 = 1204138129


On Feb 27, 2008, at 3:18 AM, Hans wrote:
> The problem here is that  {MyPage$LastModified}
> returns a string like
>       February 27, 2008, at 09:13 AM
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