[Rpcemu] RPCEmu and Time

Martin rinfo at avisoft.f9.co.uk
Tue Mar 28 03:25:30 PDT 2017

In article <20170326163138.GA22998 at spod.org>,
   Peter Howkins <rpcemu.howkins at marutan.net> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 12:49:04PM +0100, Dave Symes wrote:
> > Last night the spring clock time changes happened.
> > 
> > RPCEmu 0.8.15 RISC OS 4.02, 4.39, 6.20, 5.23.
> > 
> > As per usual, for as long as I can remember, ALL my RPCEmu installs
> > that use Organizer were Organizer wise FU. Organizer failed to run
> > because of some file time stamp failure with its files.

> Can you describe the exact eror or behaviour you see when running this?

> > Wrong! I've discussed this with Martin over the years...

> Can you get Marin Avison to describe the issue as he sees it?

I have sent Peter as much detailed information as I can, but I will
summarise the problem here as I see it.

It appears that whenever the clocks change for BST in Autumn and Spring
the file timestamps as read by RPCEmu HostFS are wrong for Dave. 

After the clocks go forwards in spring the file times are one hour ahead
of the expected file time. 

After the clocks go back in autumn the file times are one hour behind the
expected file time. 

The times are not the same as shown on 'real' RISC OS machines, or on
VRPC with HostFS 2009 or later.

This upsets Organizer, which checks for the correct timestamps (within
about 5 seconds) on several vital files to reduce cases of users having
obscure problems. The problem can be resolved by deleting and
re-installing Organizer.

I would be interested to hear if anyone else using Organizer on RPCEmu
has the same problem!


Martin Avison      using a British Iyonix running RISC OS 5 
                   and the Pluto mail and newsreader

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