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

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Wed Jun 17 20:37:15 UTC 2009

Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

> I believe that the O/S vendors supply a file with timezone data.  If you

Not in general true. Not all Unix system use the Olson package, e.g. SCO 
OpenServer doesn't.  Microsoft store it the the registry, so need to 
provide incremental updates.  Microsoft cannot provide complex future rules.

Even with Olson, there is a file per timezone in the running system.

> have support, you can even get updates from the vendor.  Since I can't 
> afford support (I'm retired and a hobbyist) I have to do it by hand.

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