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### Re^3: efficient determination of in/out of hours

by soonix (Monsignor)
 on Oct 17, 2013 at 20:39 UTC ( #1058680=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

That's mathematically the same. (If 86400 were a power of 2, the most efficient way 'd be >> and <<.) However time and mktime refer to different timezones. Unless you happen to be in Iceland, there are some hours when this works wrong...
Update: I posted this while you updated your post :-)
I'm not at my computer, but perhaps something like mktime(gmtime) for determining today's midnight could work...

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Re^4: efficient determination of in/out of hours
by Random_Walk (Prior) on Oct 18, 2013 at 05:57 UTC

The core of the problem is that I am incorrectly storing bank holiday start points in epoch seconds based on UTC0. Of course they actualy start at localtime == 00:00:00. I think I need to revise the code to store bank hols as (YYYY-1900):MM:DD, then compare to the appropriate fields of locatime(\$epoch).

original node updated with fixed code.

Cheers,
R.

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You either need a mktime that is time zone aware (POSIX::mktime seems to know about DST but not about time zones), or an UTC variant, e.g. Time::timegm. Of course, the logic of \$today instead of time needs to be applied, anyway. (I tried it out, seems to work)

In the tests, the first date (from the future) kills too many holidays :-) (you should either sort the test data before the test, or create a new ooh() when time traveling)

Update: The easiest fix would have been (in the originally posted version):

```my \$today = POSIX::mktime(0,0,0,(localtime)[3..5]);
while (<DATA>) { # read bank holiday file
...

Even after working out \$today in epoch, I still had the problem that I was storing bank hols as epoch. I would also need to look at each bank hol, and apply correct daylight saving time, before I could correctly establish its epoch start. I realised it was much easier to store bank hols as yyy:MM:DD and look at the date from localtime when I flip.

I found another edge case around the transitions between saving/non saving. This could be bad as I may be treating alerts as OOH for an hour when the clocks go forward. I have added the following code to the main node to fix this

``` \$valid   = POSIX::mktime(@start, \$date, \$mnth, \$yr);
# Check for daylight savings adjustment
my \$dst  = \$start[2] - +(localtime \$valid)[2];
\$valid  += \$dst * 60 * 60; my \$now = time;

Cheers,
R.

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