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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: Date truncation and time zone when searching
Date Wed, 21 May 2014 15:25:18 GMT
Try the TZ parameter on the query, as blah&TZ=GMT-4

There's a good discussion of why PDT is ambiguous here:

You can define whatever default parameters you want in your handler in
the <defaults> section, the TZ parameter included.


On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM,  <> wrote:
> OK. Feels a bit strange that one would have to do this manual calculation in every place
that performs searches like this.
> Would be much more logical if solr supported specifying the timezone in the query (with
a default setting being possible to configure in solrconfig), and that solr itself did this
conversion behind the scenes. Maybe that will come in the future?
> /Jimi
>> -----Ursprungligt meddelande-----
>> Från: Michael Ryan []
>> Skickat: den 21 maj 2014 16:23
>> Till:
>> Ämne: RE: Date truncation and time zone when searching
>> Well for CEST, which is 2 hours ahead, I would think you could just do...
>> datefield:[* TO NOW/MONTH-2HOURS]
>> That would give you everything up to 2014-04-30 22:00:00 GMT, which is
>> 2014-05-01 00:00:00 CEST.
>> Always always always store the correct value.
>> -Michael
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> []
>> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:12 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: Date truncation and time zone when searching
>> Hi,
>> What is the prefered way to do searches with date truncation with respect to
>> a specific time zone? The dates are stored correctly, ie I can see the UTC date
>> in the index and if I add 1 or 2 hours (depending on daylight saving time or
>> not) I get the time in our time zone (CET/CEST). But when I search I want to
>> be able to do something like:
>> datefield:[* TO NOW/MONTH]
>> or:
>> datefield:[* TO NOW/DAY+3DAYS]
>> etc...
>> ...and I want the MONTH or DAY truncation to correspond to our time zone.
>> How can I achieve this? Some of our dates are have the time set to 00:00
>> (CET/CEST), but since the date truncation logic in solr only handles UTC that
>> would classify those documents to "belong to the day before", and if the
>> date is on 00:00 on January 1, then the document is even considered to
>> belong to the year before it's actual year!
>> Surely I can't be the only one hindered by this. What are the common
>> workarounds used today? Some people mention that they trick solr by using
>> the date and time expressed as for their own time zone, and then claiming
>> that the time zone is UTC. Ie saying "2000-01-01T00:00:00Z" for the beginning
>> of this millennium, even though it should be "1999-12-31T23:00:00Z". But I
>> don't like this idea of storing incorrect date values in the index, since then we
>> need to "convert" them again before we display them.
>> Regards
>> /Jimi

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