OMG WTF detailed files BST?

Mark Waddingham mark at
Fri Mar 31 07:22:47 EDT 2017

On 2017-03-31 13:20, Mark Waddingham via use-livecode wrote:
> Hi Ben,
> This might be of interest:
> On 2017-03-31 12:48, Ben Rubinstein via use-livecode wrote:
>> The standalone, built from LC 6.7.11, is running on a Windows machine
>> (VM running Windows Server 2008 R2) in London, which has a volume
>> mounted from a server running an unknown operating system.
> What is the filesystem of the volume? The above document suggests that
> FAT stores
> filetimes in local time and *not* universal time which sounds like it
> might be the problem...

I just re-read the pertinent paragraph:

The FAT file system records times on disk in local time. GetFileTime 
retrieves cached UTC times from the FAT file system. When it becomes 
daylight saving time, the time retrieved by GetFileTime is off an hour, 
because the cache is not updated. When you restart the computer, the 
cached time that GetFileTime retrieves is correct. FindFirstFile 
retrieves the local time from the FAT file system and converts it to UTC 
by using the current settings for the time zone and daylight saving 
time. Therefore, if it is daylight saving time, FindFirstFile takes 
daylight saving time into account, even if the file time you are 
converting is in standard time.

Sounds like a restart is needed to ensure that the APIs the engine has 
to use are correct...


Mark Waddingham ~ mark at ~
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