FTP DIR list with and without Year and/or Time

I use FTP sessions to a UNIX box to capture the Date/Time stamp of files for a monitoring application.  I use a DIR list which I belive is similar to an ls -l command.  UNIX for some reason gives me the Year if the file is older than I think 6 months and gives me the time if the file is younger than 6 months old.  This is causing processing problems with this application for year end processing and times when my monitoring system thinks it is just before midnight and the other system thinks it is just after midnight. (Due to systems being out of synch with their dates)

My question is this, do all or most unix system function this way (Showing time or year in the dir list)?
 And do they all use 6 months as the determination to display the time or year?
louyAsked:
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sivaranCommented:
Yes all the unix m/c do give the time format in 'month date year' for
files which are > 6 months old.   Files  modified within six months show
`month date time'.  
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louyAuthor Commented:
Is it 180 days they use or 182 or 183 for 1/2 of a year?
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jlevieCommented:
If you've got login privs on the remote (as opposed to anon ftp access) there are better, less ambiguous, ways to get the file dates. As to how the data/no date determination is done, well it depends on what ftp server is in use. I don't think it's documented for any of the servers (at least I've never seen such documentation).
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