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

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Thu Jun 18 05:24:24 UTC 2009


John Hasler wrote:
> Rob writes:
>> I would think that a more distributed approach is better.
> 
> Put the file at a standard location on a known set of servers (maybe a
> subset of the pool servers?).  Provide the md5sum at the same location so
> that software can know when there has been a change.  Seems like the
> traffic would be minimal.

That's overcomplicating it.  The file modification date is plenty good 
enough.  With HTTP you would also have the choice of using 
If-Modified-Since requests or another, tag based, method for conditional 
downloading.




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