[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 22:45:01 UTC 2009


John Hasler <john at dhh.gt.org> wrote:
> 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.

You are still ignoring the fact that all the real OS vendors provide
patches.

>> 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.

How many changes have effected YOU since 1976?

>> 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.

Yeah, for the entire planet.

How many changes have effected YOU since 1976?


-- 
Jim Pennino

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