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time: Truncate in NZ timezone changes the day when removing all time fields #9949

jennerm opened this issue Feb 21, 2015 · 2 comments


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@jennerm jennerm commented Feb 21, 2015


I am relatively new to Go and I am trying out the different built-in libraries to see how they work. I was trying out time.Truncate and came across an unexpected result. I am in New Zealand and was truncating all the time fields from a local datetime value. Rather than just truncate the time fields, the new value has also gone to the previous day. I suppose it did the truncation on the underlying value in UTC.

The sample program below demonstrates the issue and produces the following output:

dateOnly(2015-02-21 11:30:00 +1300 NZDT) was 2015-02-20 13:00:00 +1300 NZDT, but wanted 2015-02-21 00:00:00 +1300 NZDT

package main

import (

const layout = "2006 Jan 02 15:04:05 MST"

func main() {
    dateTime, dateWithTimeTruncated := parseTestDates("2015 Feb 21 11:30:00.0 NZDT", "2015 Feb 21 00:00:00.0 NZDT")
    if !dateOnly(dateTime).Equal(dateWithTimeTruncated) {
        fmt.Printf("dateOnly(%v) was %v, but wanted %v", dateTime, dateOnly(dateTime), dateWithTimeTruncated)

// Truncate the time component and leave only the date fields
func dateOnly(t time.Time) time.Time {
    return t.Truncate(time.Hour * 24)

func parseTestDates(dateWithTime string, dateWithoutTime string) (dateTime time.Time, dateWithTimeTruncated time.Time) {
    dateTime, err := time.Parse(layout, dateWithTime)
    if err != nil {
    dateWithTimeTruncated, err = time.Parse(layout, dateWithoutTime)
    if err != nil {
    return dateTime, dateWithTimeTruncated
@mikioh mikioh changed the title time.Truncate in NZ timezone changes the day when removing all time fields time: Truncate in NZ timezone changes the day when removing all time fields Feb 21, 2015
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@adg adg commented Feb 22, 2015

On my machine (darwin) I'm not able to parse NZDT as a valid time zone. I wonder why that is?

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@rsc rsc commented Apr 10, 2015

The docs say:

func (t Time) Truncate(d Duration) Time
    Truncate returns the result of rounding t down to a multiple of d (since
    the zero time). If d <= 0, Truncate returns t unchanged.

The important part is "since the zero time", which specifies a particular instant. That instant was not a day boundary in NZ, so truncating to a day boundary does not land on midnight NZ.

You could truncate the day info by calling t.Date() and then passing it back to time.Date with some zeros.

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