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

John Hasler john at dhh.gt.org
Sat Jun 20 21:56:52 UTC 2009

Jim Pennino writes:
> If you limit the problem to Olson, the problem was solved years ago at:
> ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/

Until they have a budget cut, a server reorganization, decide the traffic
is excessive, or just get bored.

> Since 1976 there have been 2 changes to the timezone rules in the US.

There have been two changes to Federal DST rules.  There also have been DST
and/or time zone changes affecting part or all of at least three states.

> The European history is about the same.

> The odds are any system you are running today will have been in a trash
> heap for years before the rules change for your location again.

The Debian tzdata package has been updated 34 times in the last three years
due to changes in the timezone data.
John Hasler 
john at dhh.gt.org
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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