[tz] Proposal regarding tz DB and leap second updates

Arthur David Olson arthurdavidolson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 19:58:21 UTC 2013

Since it's useful to leave in placesupport for the current way of
specifying leap seconds, a NIST-to-current conversion script may be in


On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:20 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> Martin Burnicki wrote:
> > My proposal is to use some sort of network protocol to deploy the
> contents
> > of the tz DB, either for a single time zone used on a system, or even
> for all
> > time zones supported by the tz database.
> >
> > In my opinion this is similar to DNS or DHCP, or even NTP services.
> Have you looked at Internet RFC 4833?  It specifies a DHCP
> option for disseminating TZ settings.  It's not exactly what
> you're asking for, but it should help you get started on how
> to add that sort of thing to DHCP.
> > My proposal is to change the TZ code and DB in a first step
> > so that they also use the NIST leap second file format.
> Sure, you could add an option ('-S file', say) to zic.c, with
> documentation in zic.8.
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