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

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Thu Jun 18 04:30:46 UTC 2009

Joe <joseph.krahn at gmail.com> writes:

>Timezone data is fairly dynamic. It makes sense to have some form of
>network service to update timezone data. Does anyone know if there
>have been any proposals about a standardized timezone update protocol,
>or reasons why there should not be one? Since NTP is well established,
>maybe it could be expanded to include timezone data?

No ntp is for distributing UTC. That is all it should be for. 
There are something like 1000 timezones around the world. Why would youburden ntp
with distributing all that junk increasing the data packets by that amount. 
If you want time zone data get the file tzdata.

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