You did not say what version of JIRA you are using.
JIRA v4.4 introduced support for user time zones.
Note what these notes say... that users can specify their time zone separately from what has been configured as an admin default. So, what you see (as an individual) on "the web site" is not necessarily the final arbiter of how the system itself is set up.
I have not played with this because I have not had problems myself... but you still have problems I would also suggest looking at the underlying time zone configuration of the system that JIRA is running on. Is that PDT when it should be EDT? That might affect headers on outgoing SMTP emails.
We are using jira 4.4.5. The underlying time zone configured is PST but when user configures his profile with time zone other than PST, the time information which is persisting and showing on website UI is absolutely fine. But in the emails it is rendering the default timezone which is incorrect.
OK. so how is JIRA configured? As per the linked release notes...
JIRA administrators can change the default time zone by going to 'Administration' > 'General Configuration' (under 'Global Settings'), and editing the 'Default user time zone'.
Is this configuration correct? And if it is, does it differ from the OS configuration?
You can test things by going to Administration' > 'Mail Servers' and sending yourself a test email. Turn on SMTP logging. After sendign, scroll down the Mail Log to the DATA section. Does the Date look right?
354 Enter mail, end with "." on a line by itself
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:32:11 +0100 (BST) <=====
(or whatever is appropriate for your own time zone).
When you say "the Data look correct" I assume you mean the JIRA "General configuration". Great.
The configured user time zone is the same? Also great.
But how is the timezone configured on the operating system on which JIRA is running? I think you might find that that is set for PDT rather than the EDT that you want.
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