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Error Saving Content Tutorial 2 Issue with Date field

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Community Member, 96 Posts

30 May 2011 at 5:57am

Might have something to do with setting the locales in your site in _config.php:

// Set the site locale (this one is in dutch)

setlocale(LC_TIME, i18n::get_locale() . '.utf8');

I use this and it works in the CMS fields and it works:

$df->setConfig('dateformat', 'dd-MM-YYYY');

hope this helps a bit.


Community Member, 96 Posts

30 May 2011 at 6:02am


Maybe something like this in your template:

<% control FewChildren(3) %>
<% end_control %>

and something like this in you controller:

function FewChildren($limit) {
        $littlechildren = DataObject::get("SiteTree", "ParentID = $this->ID", "", null, $limit);
        return $littlechildren;


Community Member, 2 Posts

30 May 2011 at 8:14am


thanks, but that did not work... :(


Community Member, 2 Posts

20 June 2011 at 12:46pm

I have exactly this problem, out of the box using the tutorial code.

Tutorial works fine if I omit the date when saving a new article, but as soon as I enter text in for the date field in the articlepage, I get error saving content message.

PHP log shows this: PHP Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/www/sapphire/thirdparty/Zend/Locale/Format.php on line 665

This line of code is: $day = iconv_strpos($format, 'd');

I have inconv installed in my php.ini - any ideas?

Anything to do with me setting up DB as unicode? vs. my php.ini iconv saying:


iconv support enabled
iconv implementation libiconv
iconv library version 1.13

Directive Local Value Master Value
iconv.input_encoding ISO-8859-1 ISO-8859-1
iconv.internal_encoding ISO-8859-1 ISO-8859-1
iconv.output_encoding ISO-8859-1 ISO-8859-1

Very frustrating that out of the box the simple tutorial doesn't work with not much guidance on dependencies if this is the problem.

Thanks for any help.


Community Member, 6 Posts

29 June 2011 at 5:19pm

Hi dk! Did you get this to work in the end because I am stuck on the same problem... Hilda


Community Member, 12 Posts

25 July 2011 at 4:50pm

I have the same problem as dk and others. It's driving me nuts! Has anyone solved this?



Community Member, 6 Posts

25 July 2011 at 7:54pm

Hi Rod, I got this answer from Will.... Have made the change but have not had a chance to test it yet. Hope it works!

Hi Hilda,

As the error message states in that "Fatal error</b>: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded".. You will need to up the execution time for your server.

This is a general PHP level configuration rather than SilverStripe specific so you can find more documentation on how to do this online eg

Will Rossiter | Developer


Community Member, 12 Posts

26 July 2011 at 8:32am

Hi Will,

It's the fact that it's timing out that's the issue though. If I omit the date in the date field, the page saves instantly. As soon as I try saving with a date entered it times out. Can you think of anything else that could be causing this? I have the exact symptoms mentioned by dk.