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Daylight Saving Time and System Time Zone in MySQL

March is not only the month when a pandemic closed all borders and people had to stay home on the quarantine; it’s also the month when daylight saving time change happens. For some regions, this is not only a time change but also a switch to a different timezone. For example, New York uses EST during winter and EDT during summer. If you use the system timezone and do not restart the MySQL server or a PXC node after the switch, you may notice that the change was not implemented.

You may end up with a situation where some of your cluster nodes still use the time zone before the switch (e.g. EST) and others use the timezone after the change (e.g. EDT).

$ date
Sun Mar  8 03:03:28 EDT 2020

$ ./bin/mysql  -h127.0.0.1 -P3373 -uroot test
EDT node> show variables like '%zone%'; …
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Django with time zone support and MySQL

This is yet another story of Django web-framework with time zone support and pain dealing with python datetimes and MySQL on the backend. In other words, offset-naive vs offset-aware datetimes.

Shortly, more about the problem. After reading the official documentation about the time zones, it makes clear that in order to reflect python datetime in the necessary time zone you need to make it tz-aware first and than show in that time zone.

Here is the first issue: tz-aware in what time zone? MySQL stores timestamps in UTC and converts for storage/retrieval from/to the current time zone. By default, the current time zone is the server’s time, can be changed on MySQL globally, per connection etc. So it becomes not obvious what was tz of the value initially before stored in UTC. If you …

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