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

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Thu Jun 18 13:12:39 UTC 2009

Rob <nomail at example.com> writes:

>Uwe Klein <uwe_klein_habertwedt at t-online.de> wrote:
>> 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.

>So your standpoint is that every system builder who wants to do
>such localization should be on their own, providing their own update
>mechanism, and there should not be a universal update mechanism for
>timezone updates that is neutral to operating system?

There already is such a mechanism. It is called the tzdata file. Download it once
a month and install it via a cron job and be happy. It is a text file so is
operating system independent.

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