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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 13, 2023

Define time zones time zones by User or by Job

Being able to use the same OS for People who work in different parts of the world at the same time. USA and ENGLAND

The ideal thing would be to be able to do a CHGJOB of the Job and change the Time Use, so that all the programs can pick up the correct schedule for said job.

It could also be interesting to be able to change this time zone at the user profile level, so that CHGJOB is only needed when that person travels to the other country (which then must use the time zone of that country)

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    May 22, 2023

    Ideally also timestamp support inside common language as RPG should be considered.

    i.e. %TIMESTAMP(*UTC) return current timestamp in UTC

    nowadays one have to convert using an OS API.

    It's ok, but ideally should be more idiomatic: for example when one call and external REST service is usually customary to send a timestamp "on the wire" for the operation; it is better to have then a string representing the timestamp with full timezone offset info or Z if *UTC.

    Ideally the TIMESTAMP type should be timezone aware in the RPG language.

    %CHAR(mytimestamp) should return a timestamp ISO string including the time zone if one wishes.

    This would provide a unified clean solution for a system that talks to systems using different timezones or clients.


  • Guest
    May 1, 2023

    in place of the CHGJOB, maybe a new PARM in the JOBD object that would define the timezone

  • Guest
    May 1, 2023
    We have been working towards a UTC based system for a number or releases. There is still a great deal to complete before we externalize a way to set the time zone at the job level.

    The Anydate function is not a complete solution, since it does not have a hook in timestamps accessed directly with the MI. However the coverage is pretty good, and may be adequate for many applications.