Today I was configuring a server's system time, the server was an Amazon
one and after setting the php.ini file's
date.timezone field I found a
perplexing output from running php's date functions.
The time was off by a half hour!
This was quite odd since it wasn't a whole hour. After thinking a bit and checking the php.ini settings, I looked at the date.default_latitude and date.default_longitude fields. They were set to somewhere in turkey. Editing these two fields to point to within the same timezone as the one I had set caused the time to switch to the correct one.
Very strange! According to the php documentation, those configuration settings only effect the sunrise functions. Apparently not!