Robert Elz kre at munnari.OZ.AU
Wed Mar 20 10:27:19 UTC 2002

    Date:        Tue, 19 Mar 2002 15:36:26 -0800 (PST)
    From:        Paul Eggert <eggert at>
    Message-ID:  <200203192336.g2JNaQi10025 at>

  | How about something like the following algorithm?

Personally, I like to copy the file, it allows single user mode to
get the correct timezone (since the full set of zone files are

But the symlink as the big advantage that it works exactly as you
describe as a disadvantage - that is, you update the zone file data,
and the data via the symlink gets updated automatically.   In effect,
that means that "zic -l" is needed only when the zone that is to be the
local timezone is changed - updates to the values of the timezone data
don't alter it.

I suspect that for most users, that's what is most likely desired.


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