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

Rob nomail at example.com
Wed Jun 17 20:47:33 UTC 2009

Richard B. Gilbert <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
> Rob wrote:
>> Richard B. Gilbert <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> I believe that the O/S vendors supply a file with timezone data.  If you 
>>> 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.
>> As Jan Ceuleers also pointed out, the problem is not at all limited
>> to operating systems.  Any device that obtains time using NTP and wants
>> to display it in local time needs the info.
>> This could just as well be a digital clock.
> I have a couple of "radio controlled" digital clocks and a wrist watch 
> that do it automagically.  The VLF broadcast from WWVB provides the 
> necessary info.

That cannot be true.  It may work for your location, but I'm sure it
does not cover the general case under discussion.

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