I can generate a clock table for the whole month with:

#+BEGIN: clocktable :scope agenda :maxlevel 5 :block 2021-07  :hidefiles t :fileskip0 t :link t

This properly generates a clock table showing all items in my agenda logged in July.

Now, I want to restrict to only a specific range of days in July. I'm working off of the clocktable docs to achieve this.

#+BEGIN: clocktable :scope agenda :maxlevel 5 :block 2021-07 :tstart "<2021-07-22 Thu>" :tend "<2021-7-25 Sun>" :hidefiles t :fileskip0 t :link t

This doesn't work, it generates an identical table to the first one.

#+BEGIN: clocktable :scope agenda :maxlevel 5 :block nil :tstart "<2021-07-20>" :tend "<2021-7-25>" :hidefiles t :fileskip0 t :link t

This doesn't work, it generates a blank table (there are definitely times recorded in this range, by the way, I confirmed by generating tables in their buffers, and comparing the results to the working first example, so I know agenda is properly catching those files).

#+BEGIN: clocktable :scope agenda :maxlevel 5 :tstart "<2021-07-20>" :tend "<2021-7-25>" :hidefiles t :fileskip0 t :link t

This doesn't work, it generates an empty table as well.

I thought perhaps the block is a parent filter, and that :tstart and :tend filter within that filter, so I tried.

#+BEGIN: clocktable :scope agenda :maxlevel 5 :block 2021 :tstart "<2021-07-20>" :tend "<2021-7-25>" :hidefiles t :fileskip0 t :link t

This generates a table for the whole year, with the caption

#+CAPTION: Clock summary at [2021-07-25 Sun 13:15], for the year 2021.

No errors, the only message I get is Updating dynamic block ‘clocktable’ at line 8...done.

What's the correct way to use :tstart and :tend to generate an org-clock-table that covers a specific range of days?

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This works for me:

#+BEGIN: clocktable :scope org-agenda-files :tstart "<2021-07-01 Thu>" :tend "<2021-07-25 Sun>" :maxlevel 8 :hidefiles t :fileskip0 t :link t

Looks like you should write "<2021-07-25"> instead of "<2021-7-25">. (P.S. no :block needed).

Cf. C-h f org-parse-time-string and C-h v org-ts-regexp0.

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