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

Uwe Klein uwe_klein_habertwedt at t-online.de
Thu Jun 18 08:49:55 UTC 2009

Unruh wrote:
> 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.
Timezone stuff is "Localisation" and handled forex by libc and/or
other programming frameworks.

And the package manager for "managed" linux distributions ( same for the bsds )
usually present timely updates.


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