Australian EST revisited

Jens Petersen petersen at
Fri Nov 16 06:34:59 UTC 2001


I guess this is a FAQ, but anyway here goes.

As you know:

~% TZ=Australia/Brisbane date
Fri Nov 16 13:18:11 EST 2001
~% TZ=Australia/Sydney date
Fri Nov 16 14:18:11 EST 2001

which is quite confusing, not to mention:

~% TZ=US/Eastern date
Fri Nov 16 00:56:55 EST 2001

Since according to
the correct abbreviations are AEST, AEDT, etc, but are the
reasons for not updating to those unique unambiguous

What software would break if such a change were made?


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