# [arch-projects] [initscripts][RFC] deprecating TIMEZONE from rc.conf

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar
Mon May 16 18:08:52 EDT 2011

On 05/16/2011 06:17 PM, Tom Gundersen wrote:
> On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:51 PM, Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi
>> With timezone I have a more strong points:
>>
>> 1) System should use UTC.
> Then you loose information. System time is already in UTC from the
> kernel, /etc/localtime provide information about the current timezone
> as well. I think people would find it surprising if we do something
> non-standard here.
I agree.
>> 2) Daemons should use UTC (logger, cron, ...)
> The daemons know both UTC and the current localtime, so they should
> know themselves which one to use.
>
Fixme if I am wrong:
So (for logger) during entering/exiting from DST period you will see
duplicate entries and "no activity" during one hour.
For cron its a bit intelligent to avoid a task can be executed two times
or zero times.

>> 3) TZ should be set per user not system-wide.
> I don't think it is a good idea to set the TZ as mentioned earlier,
> but it could be used in special cases if you know what you are doing I
> guess. Certainly not something to recommend as default though.
>
> Thanks for the feedback!
>
> Cheers,
>
> Tom
>

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Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi
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