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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] Question on Posix timezone string
From: Mats Webjörn/WIKAB (konsult_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-03-10 10:36:55
Bug report for date-time updated with this isue
Från: Mats Webjörn/WIKAB
Skickat: den 10 mars 2019 11:17
Till: 'Stian Zeljko Vrba'; boost-users_at_[hidden]
Ämne: SV: [Boost-users] Question on Posix timezone string
And yet another issue with to_posix_strings()
The 1.66 date_time_zonespec.csv returns for Europe/Stockholm "CET+01CEST+01,M3.5.0/02:00,M10.5.0/03:00"
It's not only the sign of the offset which is incorrect, the DST offset is also incorrect.
Acc.to POSIX "Environment variables" http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/basedefs/V1_chap08.html#tag_08 for "TZ"
Indicates the value added to the local time to arrive at Coordinated Universal Time"
So, the DST offset is NOT an offset to be added to the standard (STD) offset. It should be the complete offset to be added to local time to get UTC.
A correct POSIX string should therefore read:
Från: Stian Zeljko Vrba [mailto:vrba_at_[hidden]]
Skickat: den 29 december 2018 07:30
Till: Mats Webjörn/WIKAB; boost-users_at_[hidden]
Ämne: Re: [Boost-users] Question on Posix timezone string
To add another data point to the discussion as I've been bitten by the same issue wrt dates and times. I found the following comment in my code while translating local time to utc time by using Windows native and .NET APIs:
// .Net DateTimeOffset contains _local_ ticks + offset, so that utc = local - offset
// Windows TZ information contains bias which is -offset so that utc = local + bias
It seems that there is a difference between "offset" and "bias".  contains the following text and formula: "The bias is the difference, in minutes, between Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local time [...] UTC = local time + bias."  on the other hand operates with offsets and says "The difference between the current DateTimeOffset object's time value and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)."
So that the TZ table contains negated offsets is plausible.
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