timer with a startat datetime variable in a different time zone
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Damian Maxwell on 7 Oct 2020
Answered: Seth Furman on 28 Oct 2020
I would like to schedule a task described in 'dummy_script' at e.g. 8:00 am New York time. I do not live in the US but for convenience (daylight saving changes,...) I would like to use New York time as my reference point for my 'startat' time (trigger1) to make sure it always trigger at 8:00 am NY time.
trigger1 = datetime(2020,10,8,8,00,0,'TimeZone','America/New_York')
This is my simple timer function:
t = timer;
t.TimerFcn = @(~,~) dummy_script1;
The only way I can make this work is by defining trigger1 as specified above and then converting it to my local time zone before I use it as a reference point:
trigger2.TimeZone = 'local'
Is there a more elegant way of having Matlab recognise and consider the time zone set for trigger1?
Seth Furman on 28 Oct 2020
Thank you for reporting this issue. Unfortunately, the startat function currently ignores timezone information when a zoned datetime is provided. I've logged this issue and it may be addressed in a future release. In the meantime, datetime values not in the local timezone will have to be converted to the local timezone before calling startat.
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