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Month: November 2012

Re: [trinity-devel] Date bug in kmail?

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:25:05 -0800 (PST)
> > When viewing an email there is a blue box in the top right corner of the window. On my system the
> > date is offset ahead by one hour.
> > 
> > The likely explanation is kmail has not been updated to the newer DST period. (Why would kmail use an internal calendar
> > rather than a system calender?)
> > 
> > Only people affected by the DST nonsense are likely to see this bug.
> > 
> > Would somebody please confirm?
> The code for the box display is in tdepim/kmail/headerstyle.cpp. I'm not a C++ guru but from
> what I think I see, the code is pulling the date/time information from the system. As the time in the clock applet
> in my kicker panel is correct, and the date command in konsole is correct, I don't know how kmail is shifting the
> time by one hour, the exact difference of the DST shift last weekend. I don't see anything obvious in tqdatetime.h or
> ntqdatetime.h.

I think I see the problem.

I received some system emails from another box in my network. The time in the box was the same as the current time. Curious, I then looked at emails received from other people and from before the DST shift Nov. 4. The times in the box from emails from before the DST shift are two hours ahead of the current time.

Focusing about what might be happening, and based upon what I see, I'm guessing the box is conveying the current time of the sender relative to the current time of the recipient's machine. Seems like a half-decent intent.

Yet if that is the case, then the problem is the box text. The text string "Now" is misleading. The box should be revised from "Now:" to "Sender's Current Time:."

Even then, the time will be skewered across DST shifts because when I view an email from two weeks ago, before the Nov. 4 shift, the box says the time is two hours ahead, which is incorrect.

Any ideas for an optimal way to fix this misleading text?