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time: LoadLocation(now.Local().Location().String()) != now.Local().Location() #15568

GameXG opened this issue May 6, 2016 · 7 comments


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@GameXG GameXG commented May 6, 2016

Please answer these questions before submitting your issue. Thanks!

  1. What version of Go are you using (go version)?
    go version go1.6.2 windows/amd64
  2. What operating system and processor architecture are you using (go env)?
    windows 10 x64

set GOARCH=amd64
set GOBIN=
set GOEXE=.exe
set GOHOSTARCH=amd64
set GOHOSTOS=windows
set GOOS=windows
set GOPATH=D:\golang
set GOROOT=c:\go
set GOTOOLDIR=c:\go\pkg\tool\windows_amd64
set CC=gcc
set GOGCCFLAGS=-m64 -mthreads -fmessage-length=0
set CXX=g++

  1. What did you do?
package main

import (

func main() {
    now :=time.Now()



now: 2016-05-06 09:47:54.1544589 +0800 CST
UTC <nil>
UTC <nil>
  1. What did you expect to see?
    Sorry, my English is not good.
    now.Location().String() returns "Asia/ShangHai"
  2. What did you see instead?
    In non UTC time zone, time.LoadLocation(now.Local().Location().String()) != now.Local().Location()

now.Location() returns ""
now.Local().Location() returns ""
time.LoadLocation(now.Local().Location().String()) returns "UTC"

Is it bug, or is it just like that? I can't get the local time zone.
now.Location().String() returns ""
now.Local().Location().String() returns ""

l, err := time.LoadLocation("Local")
l.String() returns ""

t2, _ := time.Parse("2006-01-02T15:04:05.999999999Z07:00 MST", time.Now().Format("2006-01-02T15:04:05.999999999Z07:00 MST"))

t2.Location() returns ""
t2.Local().Location() returns ""

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@GameXG GameXG commented May 6, 2016

I try to use IDEA IntelliJ debugging.

Found in the abbrev function
a.std= "CST";
a.dst= "CST";
return a.std, a.dst.

But stdname, dstname :=abbrev(I) is the result of stdname = "" dstname="CST".


func abbrev(z *syscall.Timezoneinformation) (std, dst string) {
    stdName := syscall.UTF16ToString(z.StandardName[:])
    a, ok := abbrs[stdName]
    if !ok {
        dstName := syscall.UTF16ToString(z.DaylightName[:])
        // Perhaps stdName is not English. Try to convert it.
        englishName, err := toEnglishName(stdName, dstName)
                //[ DEBUG]englishName = "China Standard Time"
        if err == nil {
            a, ok = abbrs[englishName]
            if ok {
                                // [DEBUG] a.std = "CST"  
                                // [DEBUG] a.dst = "CST"  
                return a.std, a.dst
        // fallback to using capital letters
        return extractCAPS(stdName), extractCAPS(dstName)
    return a.std, a.dst


func initLocalFromTZI(i *syscall.Timezoneinformation) {
    l := &localLoc

    nzone := 1
    if i.StandardDate.Month > 0 {
    } = make([]zone, nzone)

    stdname, dstname := abbrev(i)
        // DEBUG  stdname =""
        // DEBUG dstname ="CST"

    std := &[0] = stdname
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@GameXG GameXG commented May 6, 2016

Also, now.Zone() normal.


// output: CST 28800
@bradfitz bradfitz added this to the Go1.8Maybe milestone May 6, 2016
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@bradfitz bradfitz commented May 6, 2016

Sorry, I don't think we guarantee that a time.Location's String() returns a unique key which can be used to load that *Location back again.

For instance, I remember an old bug where something like LoadLocation("EST") could mean United State's east coast or Australia's east coast depending on who ran it. (I forget the details)

Some similar old bugs: #4838 #3790

I don't think there's any code to change here, but maybe we just need to document the expectations better.

@bradfitz bradfitz changed the title time.LoadLocation(now.Local().Location().String()) != now.Local().Location() time: LoadLocation(now.Local().Location().String()) != now.Local().Location() May 6, 2016
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@alexbrainman alexbrainman commented May 7, 2016

I don't think there's any code to change here

What about this:

U:\>type main.go
package main

import (

func main() {

U:\>go run main.go


Does it look correct to you?


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@gopherbot gopherbot commented May 13, 2016

CL mentions this issue.

gopherbot pushed a commit that referenced this issue May 14, 2016
Local.String() returns "Local" on every OS, but windows.
Change windows code to do like others.

Updates #15568

Change-Id: I7a4d2713d940e2a01cff9d7f5cefc89def07546a
Reviewed-by: Brad Fitzpatrick <>
@quentinmit quentinmit added the NeedsFix label Oct 10, 2016
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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Oct 17, 2016

CL mentions this issue.

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@rsc rsc commented Oct 17, 2016

CL 31144 is unrelated, sorry, I typed the wrong bug number into the commit message.

This bug seems to be fixed by Alex's commit CL 23078. Now that Local.String() returns "Local" not "", everything is OK.

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