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When I look at the start publishing date of an article in the db I see a datetime stamp that is FOUR hours later than what is displayed in the backend for the article. The site's timezone is set to Los Angeles and I am in Eastern time. I don't see how to get a four hour difference between those except for a few hours when we're changing from Savings Time to Standard Time.

To confuse matters more, the datetime stamp I see when I run code to read the db, regardless of whether not I set the default timezone using date_default_timezone_set('America/Los_Angeles'); is the datetime in the database - not the time displayed in the backend.

For example, a datetime stamp displayed as 2018-10-31 22:11:29 in the backend is stored in the db as 2018-11-01 02:11:29 and comes in from a sql query as 2018-11-01 02:11:29.

This causes some issues under some circumstances when the code tries to display a string based on the publish date. It's too complicated to go into here, but I feel that I must be missing something about how to manage these date values.

  • I recall that Sharky had a recent date tagged post talking about this topic. I am confident that there will be other pages here that speak about properly configuring your datetime stamps. Please continue researching until a volunteer offers specific support. – mickmackusa Dec 25 '18 at 10:07
  • This was the Sharky post that I was thinking of: joomla.stackexchange.com/a/23937/12352 please let us know your global settings and your code that is presenting the time if not from core files. – mickmackusa Dec 25 '18 at 10:14
  • I'm not sure which global settings you are asking about, but the server time zone is set to "America/Los_Angeles". The code in question is located in a custom module. It issues a query to get an article with a publish_up date prior to a "scheduled date". When the publish_up date comes in from the query it is the same as what I can see in the db - which is in UTC. I have tried all kinds of machinations to get this datetime stamp to appear in the correct time (L.A. time) but the DATETIME is STILL UTC. I have also tried converting the publish_up time AFTERwards, but no luck. – user1390379 Dec 31 '18 at 18:43
  • My understading is that a datetime value retrieved from the db (which is in UTC) should be automagically converted to the user timezone (if it is set) or the server time zone. From what I can see, this is not happening. The publish_up DATETIME stamp I see in my code is identical to the value I can see using phpMyAdmin in the db.... which I believe is in UTC. Since my code explicitly sets the timezone to "America/Los_Angeles' AND the server timezone (as displayed in the backend) is also "Los Angeles" AND my user timezone is "Los Angeles" why is the datetime stamp NOT converted to LA time? – user1390379 Jan 8 at 19:29

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