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How do we convert the sysdate to GMT format.
select dbtimezone does give us the GMT offset and not the literal 'time zone'
This makes using 'to_char(new_time(entry_date, 'EST', 'CST')' kind of approach impossible - as it does not accept offsets.

How then do we get the 'TZ' of the database - alternatively how do we convert the sysdate into GMT.
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by:sdstuber
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I recommend NOT using dbtimezone.

Oracle recommends it only ever be set to +0:00
if you want times with timezones

use systimestamp instead of sysdate


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try this....

SELECT
       SYSTIMESTAMP,
       SYSDATE local_sysdate,
       SYSDATE - EXTRACT(TIMEZONE_HOUR FROM SYSTIMESTAMP) / 24 gmt_sysdate
FROM   DUAL
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by:ranadhir
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this works great - thanks
 just one question since you advised against dbtimezone.

Given a time zone region is it fine to V$TIMEZONE_NAMES in my PL/SQL to get teh corresponding TZ abbrev.
Also,given a off-set is there a way to get the corresponding TZ?
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There is no reliable way to go from an offset to an abbreviation using ONLY the offset as your input information
because an offset can have multiple meanings from observation of Daylight Saving Time and/or regional abbreviations.

EST and CDT have the same offset (-5)   (Easter Standard vs Centeral Daylight)  - daylight observation
EDT and ECT have the same offset (-4)  (Eastern Daylight vs Eastern Caribbean) - daylight observation and region

You can build your own lookup table of abbreviations and offsets that map 1-to-1.
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