This is a well known bug. Please see
http://djberg96.livejournal.com/75544.html for the easiest way to "fix"
this (and other details).
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Will Rogers
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 12:47 PM
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: DateTime.parse error on win32 (long timezone names)
NOTE: this is a cross-post from comp.lang.ruby, because I don't think
anyone read that message, which I posted about two months ago.
The date parsing code in the Ruby stdlib (date/format.rb)
does not parse
strings with long timezones, e.g. "Eastern Daylight Time", as
the abbreviated "EDT". On win32, Time#to_s produces a string
long timezone name. So, Time.parse(Time.now.to_s) assumes
year, and DateTime.parse(Time.now.to_s) throws an error.
This is a critical issue for me because it is causing crashes in a
production Rails application during XML serialization in