Bug #7515 from_unixtime(0) now returns NULL instead of the epoch
Submitted: 23 Dec 2004 20:15 Modified: 30 Dec 2004 20:54
Reporter: Timothy Smith Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:4.0.23 OS:Any (all)
Assigned to: Dmitry Lenev

[23 Dec 2004 20:15] Timothy Smith
In MySQL 4.0.18 and before, FROM _UNIXTIME(0) returned '1970-01-01 00:00:00'; it was changed some time later so that it returns NULL instead, which breaks some functionality in the application.

How to repeat:
select from_unixtime(0);

Try the above on 4.0.18 and 4.0.23.

Suggested fix:
revert to previous behavior for 4.0, and perhaps have unix_timestamp('bogus') return NULL instead of 0, to keep unix_timestamp() and from_unixtime() compatible.
[30 Dec 2004 20:09] Heath Morrison
This isn't just 4.0.23, this operates differently between 4.1.7 and 4.1.8. On upgrading SELECT FROM_UNIXTIME(0) behavior has changed. This has been broken in 4.1.8, as far as I can tell.
[30 Dec 2004 20:54] Dmitry Lenev
Thank you for your bug report. This issue has been committed to our
source repository of that product and will be incorporated into the
next release.

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Additional info:

  1.2014 04/12/30 21:18:10 dlenev@mysql.com +4 -0
  Fix for bug #7515 "from_unixtime(0) now returns NULL instead of
  the Epoch". (With after review fixes).

(Indeed, this fix will be also propagated to 4.1 tree)