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

Tom Gundersen teg at jklm.no
Mon May 16 18:29:46 EDT 2011

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 12:08 AM, Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi
<vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar> wrote:
> 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.

I would say that if programs use localtime and cannot deal nicely with
DST, then that's a bug (they should use UTC directly). It would be
wrong to force all daemons to use UTC all the time though.


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