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st: RE: Stata & time zone offset


From   Kieran McCaul <kieran.mccaul@uwa.edu.au>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Stata & time zone offset
Date   Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:13:29 +0800

...

Short answer is "I don't know", but you might want to have a look at:
http://blog.stata.com/tag/dates/


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Daniel Gross
Sent: Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:32 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: Stata & time zone offset

Hello,

Does anyone know how to get Stata to convert/display times in UTC rather than local time? In particular, on Windows OS, when I launch Stata and enter the command: di c(current_time), it reports back the time in my system time zone (which is currently UTC-08:00). If I change the Windows time zone (e.g. to UTC), re-launch Stata, and type the same command, I get back the time in the newly set time zone.

The reason for asking is because I'm trying to compare timestamps generated by the Stata clock() function (which evidently generate in local time) to POSIX timestamps in an imported dataset (which are in UTC). Because the UTC offset varies with time of year due to daylight savings, this comparison seems to be impossible.

Is that really the case, or does anyone know of a workaround?

Thanks,
Daniel Gross
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