tzdata 2003e: imperfections

Clive D.W. Feather clive at
Tue May 18 07:05:20 UTC 2004

Paul Eggert said:
> > GMT is obsolete. UTC should be used.
> Which specific uses of "GMT" are you objecting to here?
> Some instances of "GMT" are correct, e.g. in winter Europe/London
> users prefer the "date" command to output the string "GMT", not "UTC".
> By and large the tz database attempts to support common
> English-language usage, even if it's not strictly "correct".

That use of "GMT" is not just what the users prefer, it is *correct*.

Time in the UK is defined, in statute, as Mean Time at Greenwich. An
attempt to alter this to UTC *was rejected* by Parliament.

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