[ntp:questions] Re: NTP and daylight saving

Dale Worley worley at dragon.ariadne.com
Tue Nov 4 19:13:15 UTC 2003


Phil Brady <p.r.brady at nospam.bangor.ac.uk> writes:
> Am I right in thinking that an NTP service will only deliver UTC (in
> secs since 1/1/1900) and no other time information?  Hence the other
> bits of the jigsaw to compute local time ie the offset from GMT (+1
> hour for Paris etc) and any daylight saving adjustments are a local
> responsibility of the client without any hints given by NTP ?

The short answer is yes.  The reason is that the network of NTP
servers has no way of knowing what time zone your computer wants to be
displaying, and daylight savings adjustments depend on what political
jurisdiction you are in.

Dale



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