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Thread: 1.1.3 timezone (and SMS/email timestamp sorting) fix

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    Default 1.1.3 timezone (and SMS/email timestamp sorting) fix
    It is easy. It really is.

    If you are experiencing weird issues with SMS and/or email sorting after upgrading to 1.1.3, this is for you. I've seen many complaints around the net on this issue and even Apple seem to struggle on it.

    My guess: this is a *real* bug Apple left out when released the update.

    SYMPTOMS: after upgrading to 1.1.3, when you receive a SMS the timestamp is wrong and therefore it's placed out of order in conversation.

    DETAIL: you don't live on the West Coast and all received SMSs have a fixed time offset. Guess what? It's what's between you and Cupertino.

    CAUSE: the timezone database in firmware 1.1.3 has wrong default permissions for user "mobile". After upgrading to 1.1.3 your timezone may default to Cupertino, especially if you had to rollback from Nate True's and downgrade to 1.1.1. You try and set it back to the right zone but system time doesn't change. Then you tune system time to your own and voilą, you created an offset between you and the system (which still believes it's Cupertino time) fooling the phone and yourself.

    SOLUTION: turn on WiFi on the iPhone, ssh yourself into the system and fix timezone database permission:

    chmod 777 /var/db/timezone

    Then enter Settings / Date&Time and change your timezone back and forth, you'll notice system time will immediately follow accordingly (that was NOT true before the fix). Set timezone to your own, correct system time to reflect your time and you're done.

    Kudos to kopernicus and Hawkman of hackint0sh forum who suggested this

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    Doesn't work here. Still getting SMS out of order.
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    same here!! problem doesn't get fix for me after the ssh command. sms still out of order!!! help!!

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    I've had this same problem since going to 1.1.3

    I'm currently on stock 1.1.3 with no Installer or anything. If this didn't work for the last two people.. any other ideas on how to fix it?

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    Another fix for the Cupertino (default) time problem:

    Use WinSCP to connect to your iphone. Navigate to /var/db/timezone. Rename the shortcut 'localtime' to 'localtimeold' or something. Create a new shortcut called 'localtime' and point it to /usr/share/zoneinfo/<your timezone>

    In my case it is /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/London

    This fixes timezone problem and ordering of text messages!


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    Do I code Melbourne, Australia like this?


    UPDATE: I used the above code, but it only works initially. When looking at the conversation as it happens, the order is correct. But once I exit and go back to read the conversation, it's still out of order.

    Last edited by truenorth; 2008-02-07 at 12:21 AM. Reason: Test results
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    Default Time Fix
    Did you go back into your iphone settings and manually alter the time? When I applied this fix the time on the very top of my home screen showed the correct time but i still had to alter it in settings.

    Try that

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    Just did, but no joy.
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    i just did this on one of my iphones and it worked but did it on the second and the file wont stay mode 777 it just reverts to 755

    lil help?

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    I have another problem here: permissions on /var/db/timezone are 777 and /var/db/timezone/localtime symlinks to /usr/share/zoneinfo/Brazil/East; however, because we are in DST, all incoming SMS are offset by 1 hour.

    Any ideas? DST here will be over next weekend, but I don't want to go through this same hassle next October.
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    I dunno if this works but my sms seem to be in order now..

    All I did was connect to my iphone using fugu (Mac program) opened up the command box and typed in chmod 777 /var/db/timezone (now I don't know if it did anything I'm not sure about this stuff)

    Then I went into my settings and changed my timezone setting to automatic.

    At first this didn't work, however when I went to work in the morning (I'd assume I was picking up the signal from a different tower) It started working.

    Everything is now in order when I am at home or at the office. So maybe this mod works you just need to switch between a tower to get it to reset the time..

    Can't clarify any of this but its worth a try..

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    try to turn off the automatic update
    it works for me at least.

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    has anyone found a solution to this problem? all my world times are incorrect and i'm unable to adjust no matter what i do. anyone have any ideas?

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    omg someone has to know

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    IT worked initially but when i closed the sms app and opened it again they were randomized

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    This fixed my problem, thanks!

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    Well, if only would check the iPhone current time to timestamp the messages instead of relying on the timestamp applied by the carrier network... then all messages would always be in the correct order.

    Any developer out there would try and make such a patch? I'd do it myself, but I'm kinda busy these days and I know you guys are much much more skilled than me at iPhone hacking.
    Last edited by Callae; 2008-02-20 at 01:12 PM. Reason: Typo
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    there's a fix for the timestamp issue if you add the source

    it says SMS fix and i used it on 1.1.4 and it works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrandon View Post
    there's a fix for the timestamp issue if you add the source

    it says SMS fix and i used it on 1.1.4 and it works perfectly.
    Thanks JBrandon!!! Works on 1.1.3 too!

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    Default SMS recieved have wrong date/time
    I have recently upgraded to 1.1.3 using the Soft Upgrade in Installer
    I have experience Problems. I changed TimeZone to Toronto and it didn't fix it

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