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Posted on 2007-11-17
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Have a problem with date_default_timezone_set(). It causes the following error when the code in question is called via https:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: date_default_timezone_set() in /htdocs/timetest.php on line 2

This error can be reproduced even to having just enough to call it as in the snippet below. This is problematic as it causes non fatal errors in our code with that set line commented out. I could leave it that way but would like to find out how to fix it. The code is running at 1and1 shared server.
<?php
date_default_timezone_set('America/New_York');
?>

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Question by:Stacy Spear
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hernst42 earned 1500 total points
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See http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.date-default-timezone-set.php The function was introduced with php 5.1.x and it seems you have an too old installation of php.
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by:nizsmo
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has hernst42 said, only available in php5.

2 workarounds:
echo date('H:i:s', strtotime('+2 Hours')); add/subtract how many hours you need to get your time right

or
Place this once at the top of your script:
setlocale(LC_TIME, 'en_UK', 'english-uk', 'uk', 'eng'); // adjust accordingly

And then use strftime() to format the date.

Hope this helps.
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by:Stacy Spear
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I am quite familiar with when it came out. The top of my .htaccess is:

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php5
AddType x-mapp-php4 .php4

And has been so for sometime. This code works in http, just not https.

Thanks for the pointer, just ran a phpinfo() via http and https. http is the proper 5.2.4, https on the other hand is 4.4.7. Strangest thing I've ever saw.
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by:Stacy Spear
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I also want to state that this code ran great since January and just started giving errors Thursday. Maybe more info should have been given by me. :)

Going to call 1and1 to see what have they screwed up, unless you guys think my .htaccess can be changed, but I'm not aware of what to in this situation.
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by:hernst42
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GUess the .htaccess is not used when run in https-mode. Guess the hoster misconfigured the server. Report the problem to their support.
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by:Stacy Spear
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Made me think along other lines, which produced the solution, but still gave points.
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by:Stacy Spear
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Just for closure, 1and1 states that "PHP5 requires addhandler, not addtype" PHP5 and Apache are not the samething and Apache uses .htaccess. Oh well, that the add types to the following got it running again.

Addhandler x-mapp-php5 .php
Addhandler x-mapp-php5 .php5
Addhandler x-mapp-php4 .php4
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