A function to retrieve the system timezone on Unix systems which has been found to find an answer when 'Sys.timezone()' has failed. It is based on an answer by Duane McCully posted on 'StackOverflow', and adapted to be callable from R. The package also builds on Windows, but just returns NULL.
Get System Timezone Information
Many date and time conversion need information about the local timezone. It
is common to set the environment variable
TZ. However, sometimes it is
unset, and we need a fallback. Or maybe we just want a fallback to not
always have to set the
TZ variable by hand.
R has a helper function
Sys.timezone() which queries the system timezone
information. Sadly, we have seen it fail (possibly because
was not a symbolic link as it expected, but rather a copy of the
corresponding (local) timezone metadata). Another issue is, once again, that
the code which R uses here is sadly not accessible to users via a callable
API for C or C++. So there is a need for something different---and Duane
McCully provided just that
in this StackOverflow answer. This
package essentially adapted his code to be callable from R.
Works on Linux, expected to also work on Solaris and BSD, builds on OS
X but only returns
NULL due to the apparent lack of any programmatic
Windows could possibly be supported by querying the registry.
The package is now on CRAN and can be installed via a standard
provided you are on a Unix system.
GPL (>= 2)