Bug 468168 - meeting (.ics) times are not interpreted correctly
meeting (.ics) times are not interpreted correctly
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: evolution (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthew Barnes
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-10-23 08:26 EDT by Thomas M Steenholdt
Modified: 2008-11-18 07:03 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-11-12 06:05:29 EST
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sample ical file that shows this problem in my client (1.64 KB, application/octet-stream)
2008-10-23 08:28 EDT, Thomas M Steenholdt
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screenshot of how the calender file is interpreted (62.35 KB, image/png)
2008-10-23 08:29 EDT, Thomas M Steenholdt
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GNOME Bugzilla 548268 None None None Never

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Description Thomas M Steenholdt 2008-10-23 08:26:58 EDT
Description of problem:

The calendar files attached to invitations (meeting.ics og calendar.isc in case of Outlook 2003/2007 clients) are interpreted incorrectly, so the displayed times are one hour off compared to the actual times. I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the way evolution understands my timezone (which is WGST/WGT (America/Godthab), set on both my system and in evolution), since this problem has only showed itself in the past week or so. Daylight savings changes this coming sunday, here.

The same calendar files work fine when imported into thunderbird/lightning and it appears as though the alarms actually notifies me at the correct time??? I'm not sure - it could have been a one-off glitch, but I thought the info might help you narrow down the problem.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. In a WGST environment (possibly close to DST change) view an invitation sent from another client
2. Notice that the times shown are one hour off
Actual results:
Times are one hour off

Expected results:
Times should be correct at any time

Additional info:
Comment 1 Thomas M Steenholdt 2008-10-23 08:28:34 EDT
Created attachment 321274 [details]
sample ical file that shows this problem in my client
Comment 2 Thomas M Steenholdt 2008-10-23 08:29:18 EDT
Created attachment 321275 [details]
screenshot of how the calender file is interpreted
Comment 3 Milan Crha 2008-10-31 16:37:24 EDT
Sounds similar to bug #467912
Comment 4 Milan Crha 2008-11-05 09:49:15 EST
There seems to be something wrong with the timezone component stored in the file. Yours says:
TZID:(GMT-03.00) Greenland

But the similar evolution's is:
TZID:(GMT-03.00) Greenland

See lines beginning with the DTSTART, the Evolution's one seems to be more correct than one sent from the Outlook.

The lightning, hmm, maybe I've old version (thunderbird-lightning-0.8-3.fc9.x86_64) or I do not understand it enough, but with these tests it seems it's not behaving correctly either.
a) I moved start and end of the appointment to October 30th, left there the broken VTIMEZONE. They imported it with exactly same time.
b) I changed timezone information in the file with that from Evolution, and imported file with October 23rd and 30th. The first has moved time to 17-18 in the UI, the later has the same time as before.

So I think they apply the time zone shift even they should not, and further more, they just ignore broken timezone information in the file. (Just observation, no clues on that.)

I'll try to catch upstream calendar developer and ask him for his thoughts. He will probably correct the above information.
Comment 5 Thomas M Steenholdt 2008-11-05 12:46:13 EST
Hi there...

I'm not entirely sure how to read the DTSTART entries, but I'll give you a pointer to the proper definition of start/end of daylight savings time here in West Greenland:

DST begins on (y is the year):
Sunday (31 - (5y ÷ 4 + 4) mod 7) March at 01.00 GMT

DST ends on (y is the year):
Sunday (31 - (5y ÷ 4 + 1) mod 7) October at 01.00 GMT

(from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Summer_Time)

I'll be looking forward to see what upstream has to say. Thanks a lot so far.
Comment 6 Milan Crha 2008-11-05 14:19:37 EST
Oh, I'm sorry, it's a date and time in a format YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS where the 'T' is only separator. I sent mail to the upstream developer, hoping in a soon response.
Comment 7 Milan Crha 2008-11-12 06:05:29 EST
I got the reply from upstream developer and he said it should be fine until the fix in an upstream bug [1]. The version of Evolution-Data-Server doesn't contain that fix. The bad thing is I see this even with actual trunk, where is the fix included. I'll discuss this with them in the upstream bug, and close this one, thus feel free to add yourself to that bug to receive changes.
And thanks for your help.

[1] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=548268
Comment 8 Milan Crha 2008-11-18 07:03:06 EST
I got a response in the upstream bug, it seems it's a known issue and limitation of the library Evolution is using, with some other things too.

See this for more information:

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