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

Rob nomail at example.com
Fri Jun 19 08:15:10 UTC 2009

Hal Murray <hal-usenet at ip-64-139-1-69.sjc.megapath.net> wrote:
> In article <slrnh3k09c.1s1j.nomail at xs7.xs4all.nl>,
>  Rob <nomail at example.com> writes:
>>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?
> Why have a special update mechanism for time zone data?  Why
> not piggy back on updating everything else?  Isn't that the
> way it works now for most people?

Because time zone data can be useful for many more systems and
devices than are normally updated by some update service from an
OS vendor.

An NTP synchronized wall clock may not be loading fixes from
Windows Update, but it needs uptodate timezone information.

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