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Backups use relative dates

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I have downloaded a backup and took a look at the TXT files. It appears that deadlines are stored in natural language ie "tomorrow", not as absolute dates. So if I later wish to import this txt file, will the date information be relative to the date of import?

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David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 05, 2014 - 22:00 UTC

Hello Thomas,

Yes. If you export a set of tasks with the date "tomorrow", they will import as "tomorrow" and work the same way as if you would create a new task with such date, the is - they will be due in one day counting from the time you import them.


Best regards,
David

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Thomas premium
Replied on Feb 06, 2014 - 21:05 UTC

Thanks David. So If I restore a backup from X days ago, will my dates also be off by X days?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 06, 2014 - 21:07 UTC

Thomas,

Absolute dates will be correct, relative dates will be relative to the day of import. In other words, a task with a date "16 May" will stay "16 May", but one with a date "in 3 days" will be due 3 days from now.


Best regards,
David

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Thomas premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 16:11 UTC

David,

Are there any plans to change this? I'm sure tasks are stored with absolute dates in your databases, so it should not be very difficult.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 20:35 UTC

Thomas,

You can set it up as you want. If you prefer to use absolute dates, type 9 Feb instead of "today" into the date field. We prefer to keep both options as many users would want relative dates (if the task list in the template requires certain steps to be done with a certain delay relative to each other).


Best regards,
David

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Thomas premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 22:35 UTC

Ah yes, I see that this would be useful in a template - definitely a good idea.

But what about backups? Can't you make the backups use absolute dates only?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 12:51 UTC

Thomas,

We'll look into this in the future.


Best regards,
David