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Bug #897: EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM column): Possible wrong output

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Subject: Bug #897: EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM column): Possible wrong output
Date: 2003-02-15 10:19:13
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Jonas Bentzen (jonas at understroem dot dk) reports a bug with a severity of 3
The lower the number the more severe it is.

Short Description
EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM column): Possible wrong output

Long Description
I'm not sure whether this is actually a bug, but here goes: If you define a column as TIMESTAMP WITHOUT TIME ZONE (or TIMESTAMP(0) WITHOUT TIME ZONE), EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM column) returns a time stamp that is exactly one hour later than the time stamp from a column which contains the same date but is defined WITH TIME ZONE. Please see the example for clarification.

Operating system: Linux
PostgreSQL version: 7.3 and 7.3.2 (compiled from source)

Sample Code
test=> \d datotest
               Table "public.datotest"
 Column |              Type              | Modifiers
 dato   | timestamp(0) with time zone    |
 dato2  | timestamp(0) without time zone |

INSERT 16981 1
test=> SELECT dato, dato2, EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM dato) AS timestamp1, EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM dato2) AS timestamp2 FROM datotest;
          dato          |        dato2        | timestamp1 | timestamp2
 2003-02-15 11:03:19+01 | 2003-02-15 11:03:19 | 1045303399 | 1045306999
(1 row)

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