MagiCal Bug Report

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Date and time incorrect after sleep

  • Type: Incorrect Functionality
  • Version Tested: 1.1a3 (PPC)
  • OS Version Affected: Mac OS X 10.4 PPC
  • Status: Fixed in version 1.1a7

Description

When waking from sleep, the time displayed is that of when my Mac went to sleep (it's a G4 PowerBook if that makes any difference). After a couple of minutes, the time updates to the correct time, but the date remains incorrect. If I click on the date, the new date appears below the old date floating above the floating calendar window. Opening the Date and Time preference pane corrects the displayed date.

Submitted by Jon Connell at 05:47am on 26 Apr 2007

Updates

just updated to latest version.
yesterday, when i woke my powerbook, time was about 2 hours back; clicking on the time changed it.

this morning, was showing yesterday's date...until i clicked on it.

never happened earlier versions!

great new options, btw...

Posted at 2:04pm on 22 Apr 2007

Same thing happens here after waking the computer from sleep except I have to launch the preferences to get the time and date to update. Tested with 1.1a2 and 1.1a3 Universal on OSX 10.4 PPC.

Great app though!! What OSX "should" do from the start.

Posted at 2:47pm on 22 Apr 2007

hmmm...yeah, i just had to click on prefs to update the time as well (original poster).

Posted at 4:38pm on 22 Apr 2007

I use my mac with standby mode. I never shutdown my mac. This means I don't quit magical. The next day the icon doesn't change at all and displays the date for yesterday. After quitting magical and start again the right date is displayed.
Workaround is to open and close the preferences.

Posted at 11:51am on 24 Apr 2007

The pull down calendar is displaying yesterdays date.

Posted by Jim at 09:23am on 25 Apr 2007

Menu Bar is displaying incorrect date until preferences or system preferences are opened. This is new as of the last update.

MacOSX 10.4 PPC.

Posted by Mensch at 1:30pm on 25 Apr 2007

Same problem on PowerPC. Today (Apr 25) the icon is showing the number 24.

Posted by 1.1.a3 at 5:06pm on 25 Apr 2007

OIn April 25 the menu bar says it's March 25. Computer's date is correct at April 25 but that's not reflected in Magical's meniu bar.

Posted by sam Negri at 5:09pm on 25 Apr 2007

Oops. Duplicate bug.

Posted at 05:49am on 26 Apr 2007

I installed the new updated Magical yesterday, Wednesday (1.1a3)
and now after one day, (40 hours) it still show Wednesday! ! ! ! !
The old one worked perfect but now i cant trust Magical any more, i am sorry,
cause i like it very much!

With best regards

Anders Kohler

Posted by Anders Köhler at 07:31am on 26 Apr 2007

Same problem -- I was so confused! I was looking at Amazon and seeing reviews dated April 26th, while "24" was staring at me from the menubar! When I click the 24, the calendar pops open and there is a black "26" that appears under the "24". Then, when I went to the preferences panel, the date in the menubar suddenly corrected to 26.

Posted by John at 7:26pm on 26 Apr 2007

I love your MagiCal. But it need to fix it to make it reliable. The problem now is:

Today is Thursday, April 26th, but your MagiCal shows Wednesday, April 25th on my Menu Bar. Except the calendar shows the correct day and date. Try to fix it. Thanks.

Posted at 01:12am on 27 Apr 2007

I love your MagiCal, but it needs to fix to make it reliable. The problem now is:

Today is Thursday, April 26th, and my Menu bar shows Wednesday, April 25th. Except the calendar, it shows right day and date. I hope it will be fixed soon. It confuses me till I realized that the day and date on my Menu bar is wrong. Thanks.

Posted at 01:16am on 27 Apr 2007

same thing here (i reported as a bug earlier); today is friday, my calendar shows thursday...UNTIL i open preferences..

also, on restart, font size reverts to smaller size...

Posted at 2:29pm on 27 Apr 2007

The calendar is also wrong for me, I'm not sure when/ if that corrects. Opening preferences does cause the menu calendar info to correct.

Posted at 4:47pm on 27 Apr 2007

Why is cal date stuck on 24th?

Posted by Jim at 10:48am on 28 Apr 2007

I believe this was caused by the clock/calendar not updating after waking from sleep, and has been fixed in version 1.1a4

Posted by Nick at 08:18am on 30 Apr 2007

This should be fixed in 1.1a4. I apologise for the issues you've had with the alphas, but please understand that the "alpha" designation implies that the software is likely to contain bugs.

Issues such as this one are very hard to detect with internal testing because I have to leave the software running for 24 hours before it becomes apparent. The public testing means that these bugs become apparent more quickly, and I can focus on fixing and adding new features rather than testing existing functionality.

If you are not interested in participating in this testing process, I highly recommend that you revert to using version 1.0.9r4, which is stable and still available for download on the MagiCal page.

Posted by Nick at 08:23am on 30 Apr 2007

Sorry about that. It's been fixed in version 1.1a4 (I hope).

I cannot stress strongly enough that it is unwise to rely on alpha software for anything critical - I'm not liable for missed job interviews or forgotten birthdays ;-)

Posted by Nick at 08:40am on 30 Apr 2007

I think these may be two separate issues. The date failing to update has been corrected in 1.1a4. The date displaying as March when it's April sounds like an old bug that was fixed a while ago. Maybe it's back - I'll look into it.

Posted by Nick at 08:53am on 30 Apr 2007

No problem, therefore we stress it for you :). Anyway great job!!!

Lookin forward to new alpha....

Posted at 09:50am on 30 Apr 2007

Hi. i just wanna tell you that i installed version 1.1a4 yesterday,
and that one dont change date either, just so you know.

i'll hope you will find that bug, cause i really like Magical.

I wish you all luck my friend.

With best regards

Anders Kohler

Posted by Anders at 06:52am on 01 May 2007

I'm sorry about that. I'll take another look at it.

Posted by Nick at 07:49am on 01 May 2007

Version 1.1a4, 10.4.9ppc

Magical no longer updates the time or the date upon awakening from sleep on my ibook. I need to open the preferences, and then it starts working again.

Posted by Matt at 09:43am on 01 May 2007

after i launch magical, the time fails to update after a certain period of time. i believe it is when my machine goes to sleep that it stops updating. i have been relaunching magical to get the proper time.

Posted by seaofclouds at 12:47pm on 01 May 2007

The program sometimes fails to update time . Opening teh date and time preference pane updates the time, but doesn't fix the problem.

Posted at 1:28pm on 01 May 2007

I downloaded and installed version 1.1a yesterday and I noticed today (May 1), that it was saying the date was April 30, but the time was correct. I had to Quit Magical and re-open it to get it to display the correct day. The last version I used was 1.0.9r4 and I never had this problem.

Posted by Darryl Cozza at 2:57pm on 01 May 2007

same here, newest version (1.1a4)

Posted at 3:40pm on 01 May 2007

I've experienced this problem at the end of the hour (e.g. time stops updating at 10:59 AM, 11:59 AM, 12:59 PM, etc.).

Version 1.1a5 Universal, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel.

Posted at 4:08pm on 01 May 2007

Correction: The time updates do not always stop at the end of every hour, but that is when I notice it most frequently.

Posted at 5:02pm on 01 May 2007

Similar problem here -- but I'm using 1.1a5 (10.4.9ppc).

When I woke my computer up, I watched to make sure the time changed. After 10-20 seconds, the (analog) clock updated and I went about my business. Later, though, I realized the date was wrong. When I clicked on the menu items, the correct date appeared -- but it disappeared as soon as I released my click.

*My experiences from here on are probably specific to my system, but here they are:*
I tried opening the preferences and Magical quit. When I reopened it, the spotlight menu item disappeared. When I clicked on the Magical items, some of my other menu items disappeared -- specifically those belonging to Butler and MenuMeters (I forgot to check if the apps themselves had quit or just their menu items).

Anyway, when I restarted, I checked the Console and found this:
2007-05-01 14:18:24.123 MagiCal[98] CFLog (0):
CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could be:
(UNKNOWN)
The parser will retry as in 10.2, but the problem should be corrected in the plist.
2007-05-01 14:18:24.131 MagiCal[98] CFLog (0):
CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could be:
(UNKNOWN)
The parser will retry as in 10.2, but the problem should be corrected in the plist.
2007-05-01 14:18:24.141 MagiCal[98] CFLog (0):
CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could be:
(UNKNOWN)
The parser will retry as in 10.2, but the problem should be corrected in the plist.
2007-05-01 14:18:24.148 MagiCal[98] CFLog (0):
CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could be:
(UNKNOWN)
The parser will retry as in 10.2, but the problem should be corrected in the plist.

Posted at 7:45pm on 01 May 2007

i thought it was on sleep, but now it seems sooner than that, too.

Posted by seaofclouds at 9:22pm on 01 May 2007

This bug seems to keep cropping up again just when I think I've fixed it. I can't reproduce it in the latest version (1.1a6), please try it and see if it works for you.

Posted by Nick at 12:48am on 02 May 2007

UPDATE: no, still broken in 1.1a6 it seems. Don't worry, I've got an idea what's going wrong now.

Posted by Nick at 07:44am on 02 May 2007

The way the time is updated has been changed significantly in 1.1 to try to reduce the CPU usage. An unfortunate side effect of this appears to be that it doesn't work ;-P

I will hopefully get this fixed very soon. It seems to work much better in 1.1a6, though there are still a few problems when waking from sleep. In the meantime, if you're not interested in using work-in-progress software, you can still get 1.0.9r4 from the downloads page.

Posted by Nick at 07:52am on 02 May 2007

I believe the issue occurs when the hours/minutes/etc have a lower value than when you put it to sleep. The algorithm assumes that the time will be later when it wakes up, not earlier, but since it doesn't check the date, if you've left it overnight then it may not update for several minutes or even hours until it perceives that the time is "later" than when it last checked.

If I'm right, it will be fixed in 1.1a7.

Posted by Nick at 07:57am on 02 May 2007

I don't mind helping out with beta software... as long as it doesn't kernel panic my machine. ;-)

Posted by Darryl Cozza at 1:39pm on 02 May 2007

Well, that seems like a reasonable place to draw the line ;-)

Posted by Nick at 2:40pm on 02 May 2007

Same thing happened for me with the update.

Posted by Kara at 6:34pm on 02 May 2007

Just a FYI .. This started in 1.1a4 and I never put my Mac to Sleep, so this cannot be a Sleep issue..10.4.9 MBP core 2 duo

Posted at 03:08am on 03 May 2007

got fooled twice in 2 days thinking i had an hour extra to do my work.. missed one deadline yesterday, and it may have been one too many.... need updated version immediately. thanks.

Posted at 04:52am on 03 May 2007

There was more than one issue, the original issue related to waking from sleep. Unfortunately the fix for that caused other problems, as is often the case.

1.1a7 appears to work correctly, however if you are using MagiCal in critical situations, I suggest reverting to 1.0.9r4 until this can be confirmed by other users.

You can actually run both version concurrently (which is what I do), and so get the benefits of the new features without risking that bugs will mislead you about the time.

Posted by Nick at 05:22am on 03 May 2007

I am now fairly certain that this has been fixed in 1.1a7 (I appreciate that I've said this before, but I really mean it this time ;-)).

It's very hard to test without leaving the program running for 24 hours, so bear with me if there are still issues - it *will* get fixed eventually.

Posted by Nick at 09:26am on 03 May 2007

I can't reproduce the problem in 1.1a7, at least the time correctly updates for me at the turn of the hour and when I wake the machine from sleep.

If you do find any more issues with it let me know, but in the meantime I'll mark it as fixed.

Posted by Nick at 09:37am on 03 May 2007

1.1a7 seems to have fixed my issue .. Thanks VERY much

Posted at 12:52pm on 03 May 2007

1.1a7 good here as well...THANX!

Posted at 4:10pm on 03 May 2007

The little icon says May 2, the popup calendar says May 1, Apple says it is May 3 (which it is). Seems like the one feature you look for in a calendar is the right date. I don't see any way to reset the date to the correct one and obviously the app is reading Apple's Date and Time incorrectly.

Posted by Nasrudin at 02:16am on 04 May 2007

Hi,

I have similar time update issue, i.e. Magical does not reflect the true TIME and always lags behind the system clock, until I open Date & Time Preferences; then the actual time syncs.

For the time being, I am disabling Magical's time and using System's instead.

Mac OS X 10.4.9. (8P135)

Posted by ZhuDM at 04:41am on 04 May 2007

Yes, there were problems with the date and time not updating for various reasons in the early alphas. Fortunately this has been fixed now, so I suggest downloading the latest release from this page:

http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/magical

Posted by Nick at 06:25am on 04 May 2007

This issue has been fixed in version 1.1a7, if you are not using that version or later then please upgrade:

http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/resources/magical-alpha-universal.zip

If you are still finding this to be the case in 1.1a7 or later then please let me know.

Posted by Nick at 5:03pm on 04 May 2007

When my powerbook is shut for the night, I open it up the next day and the date icon doesn't change. If it goes to sleep on May 7th, and I open it up the next day, it still says Monday the 7th.

Here's a very descriptive screenshot:

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3061/magiccalqt9.jpg

Posted by Justin at 11:08pm on 08 May 2007

When my powerbook is shut for the night, I open it up the next day and the date icon doesn't change. If it goes to sleep on May 7th, and I open it up the next day, it still says Monday the 7th.

Here's a very descriptive screenshot:

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3061/magiccalqt9.jpg

Posted at 11:08pm on 08 May 2007

That is a known issue and was corrected in version 1.1a7. Please download the latest release from here:

http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/magical#download

Posted by Nick at 10:26am on 09 May 2007

Hello,
First, thank's for your work and MagiCal.
Second, I've got a repetitive bug. The date isn't working before I go to the pref panel. When the date is "wednesday 09 may" (i'm french, sorry) MagiCal show "Monday 07 may".
That's all
Best regards
Estve GILI - Lyon - France

Posted by Seoul at 12:36pm on 09 May 2007

That's been fixed in version 1.1a7. You can get the latest release from here:

http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/magical#download

Posted by Nick at 12:37pm on 09 May 2007

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