[ntp:questions] Can or should the NTP protocol eventually serve timezone data?

Nero Imhard nim at pipe.nl
Wed Jun 17 20:34:52 UTC 2009

Jan Ceuleers wrote:

> So the challenge is to keep tens of thousands of network elements
> (routers, ATM switches, telephone exchanges etc) aware of when to
> switch to/from DST during their lifetime of multiple years. Wouldn't
> it be great if we could do this without manual interventions, or
> scripts, or even cron jobs?
> If local time were used only on equipment that has a presentation
> layer (OSS and BSS), then this would reduce the size of the problem
> by at least one if not two orders of magnitude.
> (The above does not address the point as to whether or not NTP should
> be used to distribute time zone information though).

I don't think it would make any sense to put this into ntp.

Making all this telco equipment understand a new ntp protocol
extension won't be easier than implementing Olsen's TZ stuff or 
switching to UTC


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