MySQL Time Zone Tables

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Starting with MythTV version 0.26, the time zone tables must be loaded in MySQL. This should be done before attempting the upgrade. mythtv-setup and mythbackend will not start without the tables loaded and an error message will apppear in the respective log explaining that.

This is important for users building from source; users loading MythTV from a package, for example Mythbuntu, should expect the tables to be loaded automatically.

To see if the tables are already loaded (using the same query that mythbackend/mythtv-setup uses to check them) start mysql.

For 0.27+, type:

For 0.26, type:

If the response looks similar to this 0.27+ response:

| 2013-11-14 14:07:58                    |

the tables are loaded and no further action is required.

Important.png Note: If the time zone tables are updated, then the procedure below should be repeated.

If the response looks like:

| NULL                                   |

then the tables must be loaded.

Assuming the distribution's time zone information is in /usr/share/zoneinfo, type:

mysql_tzinfo_to_sql /usr/share/zoneinfo | mysql -u root -p mysql


mysql_tzinfo_to_sql /usr/share/zoneinfo | sudo mysql mysql

If the mysql command above fails, adjust it for the distribution in use. Try: man mysql.

Restart MySQL, and repeat the initial test.

Data too long for column 'Abbreviation' Error

Some users are getting the above message. The solution is to save the output of the 1st command in a file. Edit the file, search and delete all offending entries. Then cat that file to the 2nd command. Note that the bad entries could be on one line or be spread over several. Three line example:

INSERT INTO time_zone_transition_type (Time_zone_id, Transition_type_id, Offset, Is_DST, Abbreviation) VALUES
(@time_zone_id, 0, 0, 0, 'Local time zone must be set--see zic manual page')
mysql_tzinfo_to_sql /usr/share/zoneinfo > /tmp/tz.fix
edit /tmp/tz.fix
cat /tmp/tz.fix | mysql -u root -p mysql

Missing UTC (0.26) or Etc/UTC (0.27 and above) Time Zone Definitions

It appears that some distributions do not contain information for the timezone that mythbackend and mythtv-setup check for before starting. In 0.27 and above the test is for: Etc/UTC, and in 0.26 it's: UTC.

To solve the problem, link an existing definition to the required one.

For 0.27+:

  cd /usr/share/zoneinfo/Etc
  sudo ln -s ../Zulu UTC

For 0.26:

   cd /usr/share/zoneinfo
   sudo ln -s Zulu UTC

Then, re-run the mysql_tzinfo_to_sql command above.