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Bug #44380 localtime sometimes gives GMT date, not local
Submitted: 2008-03-09 00:33 UTC Modified: 2008-03-28 01:00 UTC
Avg. Score:3.5 ± 0.5
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (50.0%)
Same OS:1 (50.0%)
From: tessone at polyglut dot net Assigned: jani (profile)
Status: No Feedback Package: Date/time related
PHP Version: 5.2.5 OS: CentOS
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2008-03-09 00:33 UTC] tessone at polyglut dot net
When using localtime() to get the server time into an array, sometimes PHP chooses the local timezone, sometimes it chooses GMT.  I am in US/Eastern (-0500), so after 7pm, sometimes my script says it's today, sometimes tomorrow (because it is choosing GMT).

Below is some code, plus a result from when it chooses the local timezone (correct) and one where it chooses GMT (incorrect).

If I run date at the command-line, it consistently returns a US/Eastern time, so the server is not skipping back and forth between timezones for any reason.

Reproduce code:
print time() . ": ";

$serverTime = localtime(time());

print date("O");

Expected result:
1205022657: Array ( [0] => 57 [1] => 30 [2] => 19 [3] => 8 [4] => 2 [5] => 108 [6] => 6 [7] => 67 [8] => 0 ) -0500

Actual result:
1205022665: Array ( [0] => 5 [1] => 31 [2] => 0 [3] => 9 [4] => 2 [5] => 108 [6] => 0 [7] => 68 [8] => 0 ) +0000


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 [2008-03-13 12:08 UTC]
How/where do you set date.timezone ?
 [2008-03-13 18:53 UTC] tessone at polyglut dot net
As you can see from the sample code above, I haven't set date.timezone.  If I do set it, the erratic behavior stops.

However, it is a bug that without setting the timezone explicitly, the behavior is erratic and unpredictable.  It should default to either UTC or the system timezone, but it definitely should not alternate randomly between the two.
 [2008-03-14 12:11 UTC]
If you're using Apache, please check that there is no php_value/php_admin_value settings used in any vhost/directory (.htaccess/httpd.conf) to set the timezone.
 [2008-03-17 03:27 UTC] tessone at polyglut dot net
Nope, nothing like that in the main httpd.conf and no .htaccess files involved at all.
 [2008-03-17 20:51 UTC]
And main httpd.conf doesn't do any includes to add some extra conf parts..? (just to be sure could try the latest snapshot JIC, some fixes were committed just last week)
 [2008-03-19 01:42 UTC] tessone at polyglut dot net
Nope, no includes.

I can't really run snapshots, though, as this is on a production server using CentOS packages.
 [2008-03-21 00:30 UTC]
No dev/test server to try with?
 [2008-03-28 01:00 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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