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

jimp at specsol.spam.sux.com jimp at specsol.spam.sux.com
Sun Jun 21 15:45:01 UTC 2009

Rob <nomail at example.com> wrote:
> jimp at specsol.spam.sux.com <jimp at specsol.spam.sux.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> And you keep ingnoring the fact that timezone info is not just about
> OS vendors.  NTP is a protcol that can be used by anything that wants
> to keep correct time, not only by a computer system running a commercial
> OS.

And you keep ignoring the fact that NTP has nothing to do with local

And that still does not invalidate the fact that vendors provide patches
for the systems they sell, including embedded systems.

>> How many changes have effected YOU since 1976?
> Isn't it a bit selfish to waive away solutions to a problem that you
> have not experienced personally?

The point is that DST updates are a trivial, insignificant issue for
any given person due to their infrequency and the fact that they are
irrelevant unless the change applies to the time zone the individual is

Jim Pennino

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