[tz] Timezone for Moscow is -10800 after installing tzdata-2014g

Alan Barrett apb at cequrux.com
Sat Oct 4 09:58:26 UTC 2014

On Fri, 03 Oct 2014, Paul Eggert wrote:
> When tzset is called, it does not know what time stamps you are 
> interested in. It guesses, and its guess is based on time stamps 
> that are farthest in the future.

So, after calling tzset(), the global timezone variable will 
contain the UTC offset that would be in effect at some time in the 
very distant future.  Other global variables similarly refer to 
what would be in effect in the distant future.

Perhaps it would be more useful for tzset() to set global 
variables based on what would be appropriate for the instant when 
tzset() is called.  This would not detract from tzset()'s other 
task of setting internal variables to refer to the rules for the 
local time zone, for use by localtime(), mktime(), and other time 
zone functions.

Are these global variables documented as deprecated?

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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