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PHP 5.1 date(): getdate(): and assorted Time Zone errors

January 31st, 2011 No comments

Ok So you have your Apache server WIth PHP installed and you keep getting this error on your sites

date(): It is not safe to rely on the system’s timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected ‘UTC’ for ‘GMT/0.0/no DST’ instead

OR

getdate(): It is not safe to rely on the system’s timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected ‘UTC’ for ‘GMT/0.0/no DST’ instead

It turns out your shiny new server set up has changed if your using PHP 5.1 or greater you now need to tell php what time zone to use.

Rather than editing all your sites / scripts just update your .htaccess with

php_value date.timezone Europe/London

You can also set the default time zone in your php.ini file if you have access / the script should revert to UTC or GMt as it used to be but you will get the E_warning as above.

replacing Europe/London with the appropriate time zone for your server see full list: http://www.php.net/manual/en/timezones.php

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