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time keeping problem: i3status or py3status?

asked 2015-03-10 00:58:00 +0000

Gamonics gravatar image

Since the change from standard time to daylight savings time (I have /etc/localtime -> /usr/share/zoneinfo/EST5EDT) this past weekend, my i3status (actually py3status) is still reporting standard time rather than DST.

In a terminal, the date command reads EDT as it should so timekeeping itself handled the change correctly, but my status bar incorrectly shows standard time.

My ~/.config/i3/config reads in part:

bar {
        status_command py3status -c ~/.config/i3status/config

And my ~/.config/i3status/config reads in part:

order += "ipv6"
order += "disk /"
order += "run_watch DHCP"
order += "run_watch VPN"
order += "wireless wlan0"
order += "ethernet eth0"
order += "battery 0"
order += "load"
order += "tztime local"

I'm thinking that this reveals a subtle bug and I'd like to report it to the person whose code the bug resides in, but I'm honestly not sure which code is responsible.

Is it p3status or part of i3status (I see "tztime local" in man i3status, but not sure if py3status is calling that code or if py3status reimplemented that code)? Can anyone shed some insight on this so I can file a bug with the project whose code has this problem?

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answered 2015-03-10 08:33:27 +0000

Ultrabug gravatar image

Hi @Gamonics.

The bug certainly comes from py3status because it bases itself from the first i3status' time output but then handles it on its side. This is done because py3status needs to preserve a constant time tick when you have a different i3status and py3status interval (which is one of the point of py3status).

So this involves some tricky datetime parsing which indeed must be lacking daylight savings time support. Usually an in-place restart of i3 should fix this problem right ? (mod+shift+R)

I may have an idea as to how to get this fixed tho. If you have a github account, please open an issue on the py3status repository. Else tell me, I'll do it np.

Hope this helps.

PS: I'm the one behind py3status and yes it is a different project from i3status

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Probably easier for you to file the issue. Thanks for making py3status and for your quick answer. I didn't want to restart i3 until I could sort out where the bug was. So if it was a good question (revealed a bug), then perhaps consider up-voting my question. Q/A sites don't work unless people vote.

Gamonics gravatar imageGamonics ( 2015-03-11 05:05:45 +0000 )edit

True @Gamonics, I voted it up, thank you. Issue #75 on py3status github created.

Ultrabug gravatar imageUltrabug ( 2015-03-11 16:21:36 +0000 )edit

It's fixed and will be shipped in the next 2.4 release !

Ultrabug gravatar imageUltrabug ( 2015-03-12 17:39:42 +0000 )edit

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