Date bug? For me, August changes to September

David Fletcher dave at
Sat Oct 12 21:57:55 UTC 2013

On Sat, 2013-10-12 at 20:35 +0200, Johnny Rosenberg wrote:

> Now:
> $ date -d @0 +'%F %T'
> 1970-01-01 01:00:00
> $ 
I find my curiosity aroused too. At the moment I'm working on a little
project to interpret gpx track files from my Garmin GPS. The lines in
the file that contain the time the track point was recorded are like

Using code similar to that in a previous project,
PointTimeStruct.tm_year = atoi(GFTag.c_str() + 6) - 1900;
PointTimeStruct.tm_mon = atoi(GFTag.c_str() + 11);
PointTimeStruct.tm_mday = atoi(GFTag.c_str() + 14);
PointTimeStruct.tm_hour = atoi(GFTag.c_str() + 17);
PointTimeStruct.tm_min = atoi(GFTag.c_str() + 20);
PointTimeStruct.tm_sec = atoi(GFTag.c_str() + 23);
PointTimeStruct.tm_isdst = 0;

NextPt->SecondsSinceEpoch = mktime(&PointTimeStruct);

where GFTag is a string object loaded with the above gpx <time> line.

Debug output of the structure elements assigned above shows
Year    113
Month   8
Date    12
Hour    16
Minute  8
Second  21
so I'm picking out the correct data from the gpx file. I can't remember
the reason for subtracting 1900 from the year, but debug output showing
NextPt->SecondsSinceEpoch is
lat is  51.5798 degrees
lon is  -1.82932 degrees
ele is  87.836 metres
Time is 1379002101 seconds

Now, if I put the time in seconds back into the date command that Johnny
R was using I get:-
dave at Tosh-NB520:~/code$ date -d @1379002101 +'%F %T'
2013-09-12 17:08:21

So, the hour has gone up by one, which I'm not too bothered about.
Everything else is correct EXCEPT that August has changed into
September! How the hell has that happened?

Thanks to all who have had the patience to read this.


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