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### How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?

by frankus (Priest)
 on Jun 08, 2000 at 15:53 UTC Need Help??
Contributed by frankus on Jun 08, 2000 at 15:53 UTC
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 Answer: How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?contributed by reptile If the dates are in epoch seconds, take the difference and divide it by the number of seconds in a day (which is 86400). Like so: ```my \$days_difference = int((\$time1 - \$time2) / 86400); [download]``` The int() there, by the way, chops off the decimal so you don't end up with something like 4.3231235. If you're curious, the remainder of that division is the number of seconds left after finding the number of days, so if you want "x days, x hours", you can do this next: ```my \$hours_left = int(((\$time1 - \$time2) % 86400) / 3600); [download]``` That should give you an idea. If your dates aren't in epoch seconds, you'll either have to get them there somehow, or check out one of the Date::* modules. Answer: How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?contributed by mojotoad Check out Time::Piece. This overides localtime(), gmtime(), arithmetic operations, and stringification so that date calculations are remarkably simple. For example: ```use Time::Piece; \$before = Time::Piece->strptime("2001/01/01", "%Y/%m/%d"); \$now = localtime; \$diff = \$now - \$before; print int(\$diff->days), " days since \$before\n"; [download]``` Answer: How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?contributed by autarch Using DateTime (assuming \$dt1 and \$dt2 are DateTime objects): ```my \$duration = \$dt1->delta_days(\$dt2); print \$duration->days; [download]``` Answer: How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?contributed by phenom Using Date::Calc: ```#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Date::Calc qw/Delta_Days/; my @first = (2001, 9, 12); my @second = (2004, 3, 11); my \$dd = Delta_Days( @first, @second ); print "Difference in days: \$dd\n"; [download]``` Answer: How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?contributed by talexb Use the utc_rd_values method in DateTime to get the day number of the date you're looking at: ```my @start = \$dt1->utc_rd_values; my @finish = \$dt2->utc_rd_values; my \$delta = \$finish[0] - \$start[0]; [download]``` Now \$delta contains the number of days between the two dates. Answer: How do I find the difference in days between two dates, in a cool perl way?contributed by shmem ```perl -MDate::Parse -le 'print+(str2time(pop) - str2time(pop)) / 86400' + 2016-02-28 2016-03-01 2 [download]``` Note, however, that it seems not to work for dates before January 1st 1967. At least, not with Date::Parse version 2.30, which is the version I have. Update: this seems to be a long-known bug: rt://105031; rt://84075 gives a little more info as well.

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