Roland McGrath roland at
Wed Mar 20 00:17:24 UTC 2002

I think symlinks are a preferable form for the /etc/localtime
configuration, precisely because updating the source has an effect.
i.e. you can install new tzdata with updated information for your locale
and not have to re-run zic -l to have it take effect by default.

In Linux ext2fs and BSD ffs filesystems, symlinks with short targets are
stored directly in the inode and so consume only as much filesystem space
as an empty file.  That is not to say that storage overhead is an issue to
be concerned with, but since you mentioned it.

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