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

jimp at specsol.spam.sux.com jimp at specsol.spam.sux.com
Sat Jun 20 17:00:03 UTC 2009


John Hasler <john at dhh.gt.org> wrote:
> I wrote:
>> I don't know of any distribution that provides an easy way
>>  arrange for automatic updates of a single file.
> 
> Null writes:
>> Why would rsync not work?
> 
> It would work fine but it seems like overkill and is not universally
> available.
> 
>> ...or a cron task for wget crontab /tasks.crontab @monthly wget
>> 'ftp://ftp.eu.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/distfiles/DateTime-TimeZone*.tar.gz'
> 
> Whatever works.  I'm just proposing that the file be made available at a
> standard location on a well-known set of distributed servers.

For what kind of system?

While the zoneinfo database, also known as the Olson database, is probably
the most common, it is hardly the only system used.

The information in general has been freely available for years.

General information:

http://www.twinsun.com/tz/tz-link.htm


-- 
Jim Pennino

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