[ntp:questions] Can or should the NTP protocol eventually serve timezone data?
Richard B. Gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Thu Jun 18 13:38:49 UTC 2009
David J Taylor wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> David J Taylor wrote:
>>> Only for one country out of hundreds.
>> Only ONE is important to me these days!
> I cannot take that view, Richard, as I write software which is used in
> dozens of countries and time zones. My software works purely in UTC,
> and allows the OS to handle time presentation, with or without time-zone
> information. A single country solution would be completely unacceptable.
My computers: PC-W/XT, PC/Linux, Sun SPARC/Solaris, and DEC Alpha/VMS
all keep UTC and display local time. The installation/setup procedures
for the few O/Ss I'm familiar with all make provision for setting both
the time and the time zone. A few of them even make provision for users
in multiple time zones with a "TZ" environment variable.
Windows is even fairly good at keeping track of the perpetual tinkering
that legislatures are prone to.
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