GNOME Clock has duplicate 0x20's on single-figure dates

Bug #74670 reported by Alexander Jones on 2006-12-06
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-panel (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

I suspect this is because libc formats dates for monospace text display.

Example, today is 6 December 2006.

My clock is quite clearly reading "Wed·Dec··6,·17:45", and it looks a bit stupid. (Aside the fact that it's an American date format and my locale was supposed to be English/GB, but that's another bug.)

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug. Very minor detail, I'm not sure that's a bug, why one space would be nicer?

Alexander Jones (alex-weej) wrote :

Because it would be consistent with itself. In a monospace terminal, the width of a space is equal to the width of a digit, so dates line up in, e.g. "ls". This isn't the case with variable-width fonts and it just looks silly to have inconsistent spacing between, e.g. "Fri··9·Feb,·17:42" and "Sat·10·Feb,·17:42".

Chris Rose (chris-vault5) wrote :

I agree with Alex here - the extra space seems a little pointless. I can understand why its there if you use a monospace font for the clock - to stop the clock expanding / contracting when the date changes. Not many people do however. It stands out now its been pointed out, heh.

Alexander Jones (alex-weej) wrote :

I think it's just that the stock date format string is designed for monospace terminals, and we're just borrowing that stuff for the clock.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

may someone having this issue forward it upstream? i'm leaving this as incomplete until that, thanks.

Changed in gnome-panel:
status: New → Incomplete
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

any news about this?

Still an issue. In general, date and time strings are generated all
over GNOME with simple gettext tokens. I don't see this going away
until we add stuff to GLib.

The band-aid solution for Clock Applet is to collapse multiple spaces
into 1 space, as there is no strftime token that prints the
day-of-month without padding.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

could someone send it upstream at

Maybe the additional space is there, because of bug and it there instead of the missing leading zero?

Forget my last comment...

My clock is reading "Sa, 06. Dez, 12:16" , so instead of a whitespace numbers lower than 10 have a leading zero.

I forwarded it upstream

Changed in gnome-panel:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown
Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in gnome-panel:
importance: Unknown → Low
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