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25 May 2024 19:18:34 EDT (-0400)
  Re: `datetime(now)` issue - suggestions for a solution  
From: jr
Date: 9 Aug 2021 12:05:00
Message: <web.6111515096b91fd35e0fed26cde94f1@news.povray.org>

clipka <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
> Am 09.08.2021 um 12:53 schrieb jr:
> > a better suggestion would have been:
> >
> >    [locale]
> >    tz = {local|utc}
> >    lang = en_GB.utf8
> >
> > as you say, conf provides environment type info.  given that 'strftime()' uses
> > locale, a setting to provide a preference/default could be useful.  (POV-Ray
> > appears to use the locale already, anyway)
> No, that's not really it.
> You don't need to tell POV-Ray whether your system HAS a time zone or
> not. Because your system DOES, period. Even if that timezone happens to
> be UTC.

:-)  ("divided by a common language")

> In the context of the issue, you have to tell POV-Ray whether you want
> to operate in the context of that time zone, or rather prefer to operate
> in a context that is universal across time zones.

exactly.  hence tell POV-Ray, in .conf ideally, what the system/user preference
is, ie whether 'now' ought to mean "local" or "utc", unless overridden.

> ...
> As I said, the INI file mechanism would be the way to go for such purposes.


regards, jr.

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