In Hugo 0.34, if a page didn’t specify
date in its frontmatter,
.Params.date would be
nil, which is great for checking if content has a date, and so not showing one. In Hugo >0.35,
.Params.date is always set to something, even if it’s the base date (0 in unix epoch), which is truethy, and so shows a date on a lot of content which doesn’t specify one.
I’m fairly sure I’ve found the issue: https://github.com/gohugoio/hugo/blob/34ba97ce86f30552db40e06b36451c7a801fe149/hugolib/page.go#L1357.Sets. (https://github.com/gohugoio/hugo/pull/4322) No matter what frontmatter was specified,
date is injected into the frontmatter with a valid date. I’m not exactly sure what the right solution is.
Working out which dates to show in a logical manner is very difficult. If no date is specified, no date (or related fields) should be set, unless
useModTimeAsFallback is set in config. To me, I think the right solution here is to not mutate the frontmatter, leave that as-is, defined or otherwise, and just edit
.Date. However, i’m not sure if the same should go for the other date keys (
I think I have the knowledge to make the desired changes, but opening up here to get other’s opinions before I make the changes.