Re: [Rd] Sys.timzone() returns NA - problem caused by as.POSIXlt? (PR#8003)

From: <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Mon 11 Jul 2005 - 06:59:06 GMT


This is not a bug in R: the documentation does say the result is OS-specific.

`GMT' is a not a proper timezone on Windows, so NA is a valid answer. (Windows seems to use GMT to refer to the timezone of the UK, e.g.

> Sys.time()

[1] "2005-07-11 07:49:56 GMT Daylight Time"
> Sys.timezone()

[1] "GMT Daylight Time"

although I am in British Summer Time not GMT.)

I'll add yet another workaround for R-patched.

On Thu, 7 Jul 2005 mkeller@fam.tuwien.ac.at wrote:

> Full_Name: Martin Keller-Ressel
> Version: 2.1.1
> OS: Windows 2000
> Submission from: (NULL) (128.130.51.88)
>
>
> Sys.timezone() returns NA although the environment variable TZ is set to GMT
> and
> Sys.time() returns the correct time and date including the right timezone.
> The problem is probably due to as.POSIXlt() which is used by Sys.timezone().
>
> The problem has been confirmed by Uwe Ligges for R 2.1.1 on Windows NT 4.0.
> See below for a R session outlining the problem:
>
>
>> Sys.getenv("TZ")
> TZ
> "GMT"
>> Sys.time()
> [1] "2005-07-07 10:28:11 GMT"
>> Sys.timezone()
> [1] NA
>
>> Sys.timezone
> function ()
> {
> z <- as.POSIXlt(Sys.time())
> attr(z, "tzone")[2 + z$isdst]
> }
> <environment: namespace:base>
>
>> z <- as.POSIXlt(Sys.time())
>> attributes(z)
> $names
> [1] "sec" "min" "hour" "mday" "mon" "year" "wday" "yday" "isdst"
>
> $class
> [1] "POSIXt" "POSIXlt"
>
> $tzone
> [1] "GMT"
>
>> attr(z,"tzone")
> [1] "GMT"
>> z$isdst
> [1] 0
>> attr(z,"tzone")[2]
> [1] NA

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