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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I simply switched my own personal timezone to UTC. My watch is set to UTC, my PC timezone is set to UTC, my TZ variables everywhere I go are set to UTC, my Wikipedia preferences are set to UTC, my forum preferences many places on the net are set to UTC. I know when the sun rises and sets. I'm always reminded to convert timestamps for the benefit of my coworkers, 100% of whom are all distributed across the other three continental U.S. timezones. The hardest part is twice a year when I have to remember the change in offset.

    Thank you for pointing out the time_zone => 'local' option. I don't believe I'd noticed that. Interestingly enough, I just tested, and when I do this under Cygwin after unsetting my TZ variable, it comes out to my local timezone. I wonder how it knows; Windows is set to UTC. Probably some administrator-set option somewhere. (Seems like at one time DateTime couldn't figure out my local timezone on its own.)

    BTW, if the proposed solution's only drawback is that it touches a lot of files, and you've come up with an alternative which also requires touching a lot of files and some additional work and is slightly substandard, why not just go with the proposed solution? You have to touch all those files anyway.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers