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

John Hasler john at dhh.gt.org
Wed Jun 17 21:03:51 UTC 2009

Richard B. Gilbert writes:
> 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.

Most Linux distributions provide this support for free (Debian certainly
does).  I would be surprised if the BSD distributions don't do so as well.

IMHO a standardized, automated and decentralized way of distributing
changes to timezone files might be useful, though.  It just should not be
part of NTP.
John Hasler 
john at dhh.gt.org
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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