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11.27.2006
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        // returns the time since $original (unix date)

function time_since($original) {
    // array of time period chunks
    $chunks = array(
        array(60 * 60 * 24 * 365 , 'year'),
        array(60 * 60 * 24 * 30 , 'month'),
        array(60 * 60 * 24 * 7, 'week'),
        array(60 * 60 * 24 , 'day'),
        array(60 * 60 , 'hour'),
        array(60 , 'minute'),
    );
    
    $today = time(); /* Current unix time  */
    $since = $today - $original;
	
	if($since > 604800) {
		$print = date("M jS", $original);
	
		if($since > 31536000) {
				$print .= ", " . date("Y", $original);
			}

		return $print;

	}
    
    // $j saves performing the count function each time around the loop
    for ($i = 0, $j = count($chunks); $i < $j; $i++) {
        
        $seconds = $chunks[$i][0];
        $name = $chunks[$i][1];
        
        // finding the biggest chunk (if the chunk fits, break)
        if (($count = floor($since / $seconds)) != 0) {
            // DEBUG print "<!-- It's $name -->\n";
            break;
        }
    }

    $print = ($count == 1) ? '1 '.$name : "$count {$name}s";

    return $print . " ago";

}
    

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Snippets Manager replied on Wed, 2008/10/08 - 7:01am

Thanks