Bug 822521 - date -d doesnt like hkt timezone
date -d doesnt like hkt timezone
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ondrej Vasik
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Reported: 2012-05-17 10:50 EDT by Mohammed Arafa
Modified: 2012-05-18 03:57 EDT (History)
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Description Mohammed Arafa 2012-05-17 10:50:49 EDT
Description of problem:
date doesnt seem to like the HKT timezone 

the following commands will not work
#echo HKT: `date -d "2012-05-18 21:00:00 HKT"`
#echo `TZ=America/New_York date -d "$(TZ=:Asia/Hong_Kong date -d 9pm)" `

however this command does
#echo "HKG: `TZ=':Asia/Hong_Kong' date`"

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.user the above 3 commands
Actual results:
date: invalid date `2012-05-18 21:00:00 HKT'

Expected results:
just works(tm)

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Comment 1 Pádraig Brady 2012-05-17 11:10:00 EDT
Parsing these abbreviated timezones is inconsistent and ambiguous.
I wrote some notes on this here: http://www.pixelbeat.org/docs/linux_timezones/
Please only use the location based Asia/Hong_Kong as input
Comment 2 Mohammed Arafa 2012-05-17 20:09:11 EDT
pls. see the second command used. it uses the full location as a timezone and yet the issue is still occurring
Comment 3 Pádraig Brady 2012-05-18 03:57:01 EDT
The second command in comment 1 is really 2 commands,
the first of which will generate an abbreviated output as
input to the second.

You can do what (I think) you want in a single date invocation,
using this form that was shown at link in comment 2:

  TZ="America/New_York" date -d 'TZ="Asia/Hong_Kong" 9pm'

That shows the local time in New York corresponding to 9PM in Hong Kong

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