Re: [R] Extent of time zone vulerability for POSIX date and time classes

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu 05 Apr 2007 - 15:01:17 GMT

If you use

Sys.putenv(TZ = "GMT")

at the beginning of your session then local time zone and GMT time zone will be the same so you should not have a problem. This was not possible, at least on Windows, at the time the R News article was written.

On 4/5/07, Tim Bergsma <timb@metrumrg.com> wrote:
> Hi.
>
> I frequently convert date and time data to and from character
> representations. I'm frustrated with chron, because 'seconds' are
> required to create a time object (my input data never has seconds).

You could use paste:

  times(paste("12:30", 0, sep = ":"))

and make it into a function if you use it a lot.

> More importantly, I cannot make chron print the format 12/30/2006 (which
> my output data requires).

That is the default output format so you don't have to specify anything. Its only with POSIX that its not the default. For example:

> library(chron)
> x <- chron("12/30/2006")
> x

[1] 12/30/06

>
> I really like the format flexibility of strftime() and strptime(), but
> of course am paranoid about timezone issues. After reading the standard
> reference several times
> (http://cran.r-project.org/doc/Rnews/Rnews_2004-1.pdf), I am tempted to
> conclude that if I never specify timezones, and never use Sys.time(),
> the vulnerabilities do not pertain.

That won't protect you but this would let you use POSIX safely:

http://www.mail-archive.com/r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch/msg83508.html

>
> To the point: if I'm merely converting to and from character data that
> does not represent time zones, is there still a time zone vulnerability
> with strftime() and strptime()?
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Tim Bergsma, PhD
> Metrum Research Group, LLC
>
>
> #example
> strftime(
> strptime(
> "30-Dec-06 23:30",
> format="%d-%b-%y %H:%M"
> ),
> format="%m/%d/%Y %H:%M"
> )
> [1] "12/30/2006 23:30"
>
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