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

Steve Kostecke kostecke at ntp.org
Fri Jun 19 22:09:40 UTC 2009

On 2009-06-19, John Hasler <john at dhh.gt.org> wrote:

> We have a standard file.  Ftp will do fine as a protocol.  We just need to
> agree on a standard location for the current tzdata file and its timestamp
> and recruit a distributed set of servers.  The NTP pool servers would do
> nicely.  The client to periodically check for new tzdata files would be
> trivial.

Then you have to get the OS aggregators / distributors / vendors to
agree to switch over to utilizing this new TZ data distribution system
instead of their existing package management systems.

Why are we re-inventing the wheel here?

Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.org>
NTP Public Services Project - http://support.ntp.org/

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