On Thu, Nov 01, 2012 at 08:12:20PM -0500, Chris Rorvick wrote:

> > Just FYI, t9604-cvsimport-timestamps.sh is still failing for me.
> >
> > I haven't spent too long on this yet, but I had hoped that setting
> > TZ would sidestep any DST issues. (I have downloaded new tzdata, but
> > have yet to install - actually I don't really want to!). It is not
> > clear from the tzset manpage what happens if you use the DST format
> > for TZ, but you don't provide the start/end date for DST, which is
> > what this test is doing.
> >
> > Perhaps the test should use the non-DST format? e.g. "TZ=CST6 git ..."
> > Does the test really care about DST? (*if* that is indeed the problem).
> It actually looks like your TZ database is fine and the problem is
> with the conversion to a struct tm.  In each case, the time is
> localized to the previous TZ value while the offset for the current TZ
> value.  For example, look at the first commit in the first test.  It
> converted the timestamp to 18:00 (CST6) while all the rest came
> through as expected.    I suspect the previous version of cvsimport
> would exhibit similar behavior with the first imported commit.  What
> is your platform?

Yeah, I think that is it. IIRC, Ramsay is on cygwin, and I noticed this
in perl 5.16's POSIX.xs:

  #ifdef WIN32

   * (1) The CRT maintains its own copy of the environment, separate from
   * the Win32API copy.
   * (2) CRT getenv() retrieves from this copy. CRT putenv() updates this
   * copy, and then calls SetEnvironmentVariableA() to update the Win32API
   * copy.
   * (3) win32_getenv() and win32_putenv() call GetEnvironmentVariableA() and
   * SetEnvironmentVariableA() directly, bypassing the CRT copy of the
   * environment.
   * (4) The CRT strftime() "%Z" implementation calls __tzset(). That
   * calls CRT tzset(), but only the first time it is called, and in turn
   * that uses CRT getenv("TZ") to retrieve the timezone info from the CRT
   * local copy of the environment and hence gets the original setting as
   * perl never updates the CRT copy when assigning to $ENV{TZ}.
   * Therefore, we need to retrieve the value of $ENV{TZ} and call CRT
   * putenv() to update the CRT copy of the environment (if it is different)
   * whenever we're about to call tzset().

I wonder if Ramsay has an older perl that does not do this special
hackery right. I'll see if I can dig up where it first appeared.

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