regarding the `datetime(now)` issue, I need more information from you
folks, to make sure I'm not hunting a phantom.
As far as I can tell, there may be as many as three variants of behavior
out there, with `datetime(now)` returning the current time as either...:
(A) UTC time,
(B) LOCAL time, properly respecting daylight savings time, or
(C) LOCAL time, IGNORING daylight savings time,
with all variants appending a literal "Z" (intended to indicate UTC, but
being bonkers in cases (B) and (C)).
There are also two variants of the source code out there... well,
actually three by now:
(1) Some old boost-based source code;
(2) some newer C++11-based code; and
(3) a variant of (1) with a fix to enforce behavior (A).
These variants were used in the following POV-Ray versions:
v188.8.131.52 - v3.8.0-alpha.10013324 (2019-01-14):
v3.8.0-alpha.10064268 (2019-02-19) - v3.8.0-alpha.11272893 (last alpha):
Variant (1) again
I need your help to test the different variants of the code (especially
(1) and (2)) on your machines, and let me know:
- What behavior you are observing for code variant (1);
- what behavior you are observing for code variant (2);
- what operating system you are using; and
- what version of boost POV-Ray has been compiled with.
- Using genuine POV-Ray, have you ever, and beyond doubt, observed
behavior (B) during times when DST was in effect in your time zone?
(Please disregard derivatives such as rpov in this test/poll. They have
no impact whatsoever on the question I'm eager to get answers to.)
I have a hunch that I may have been looking in a completely wrong
direction in this matter.
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