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

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.org
Mon Jun 22 14:41:06 UTC 2009


Rob wrote:
> Unruh <unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca> wrote:
>> Joe <joseph.krahn at gmail.com> writes:
>>
>>> Timezone data is fairly dynamic. It makes sense to have some form of
>>> network service to update timezone data. Does anyone know if there
>>> have been any proposals about a standardized timezone update protocol,
>>> or reasons why there should not be one? Since NTP is well established,
>>> maybe it could be expanded to include timezone data?
>> No ntp is for distributing UTC. That is all it should be for. 
>> There are something like 1000 timezones around the world. Why would youburden ntp
>> with distributing all that junk increasing the data packets by that amount. 
> 
> Nobody has started to discuss implementation details so there is no
> reason to assume that the timezone info would be added to all normal data
> packets and/or that 1000 zones would have to be sent.

This won't happen with NTP. Even if you wanted to you'd need to use TCP
and NTP only supports UDP.

Can we move on here? It's nothing to do with NTP.

Danny

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