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There's a Centos6.3 system. Apache 2.2.15 + mod_fcgid + PHP 5.3.3

There's a problem with date.timezone value. It's mentioned in the global /etc/php.ini like this:

date.timezone = "Europe/Moscow"

And doesn't mentioned in user's local php.ini. As a result, I'm getting lot's of warnings like:

Warning: date() [function.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 'Europe/Helsinki' for 'EEST/3.0/DST' instead in ...

Including the date.timezone parameter into the user's php.ini solves the problem, but I don't think, that it's the best solution.

Maybe someone have faced this problem and can give an advice?


P.S. Creating /etc/php.d/timezone.ini with the timezone info aslo does nothing:(

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What's the output of php -i, and how does it compare to php -i -c /path/to/user.ini. We're looking for Configuration File (php.ini) Path, Loaded Configuration File, and Scan this dir for additional .ini files settings. –  emcconville Oct 25 '12 at 21:00
From root: php -i | less Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc; Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php.ini; Scan this dir for additional .ini files => /etc/php.d; Additional .ini files parsed =>; php -i -c /path/to/users/php.ini | less Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc; Loaded Configuration File => /var/www/php-bin/badho159/php.ini; Scan this dir for additional .ini files => /etc/php.d; Additional .ini files parsed => –  mega.venik Oct 25 '12 at 21:10
Sorry for the formatting:( –  mega.venik Oct 25 '12 at 21:14
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You will need to add the date.timezone record for each user's ini file. After some experiments, it appears that date timezone will default to global value, but still issue the E_NOTICE and/or E_STRICT or E_WARNING.

Testing global setting

bash~> php -r 'print ini_get("date.timezone").PHP_EOL;'

bash~> php -r 'print date_default_timezone_get().PHP_EOL;'

Testing user.ini without date.timezone set

bash~> php -c /path/to/user.ini -r 'print ini_get("date.timezone").PHP_EOL;'

bash~> php -c /path/to/user.ini -r 'print date_default_timezone_get().PHP_EOL;'
Warning: ... We selected 'Europe/Moscow' for 'EEST/4.0/DST' instead in Command line code on line 1


The only other alternative would be to require each application to set the default timezone programmatically, but that's unrealistic & much more effort.

if(!ini_get('date.timezone')) {
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Hi! Sounds interesting. But I've tested it on my server and get the same result: We selected 'Europe/Helsinki' for 'EEST/3.0/DST' instead in and it shows Europe/Helsinki. I don't know, what is it's choice depends on, but I have EEST global timezone on my server. What is yours? Could you please repeat the test with another timezone in /etc/php.ini? –  mega.venik Oct 26 '12 at 18:54
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