[tz] Introduce Etc/UTC+x timezones?

Benjamin Drung benjamin.drung at canonical.com
Tue May 2 14:29:35 UTC 2023

On Mon, 2023-04-24 at 19:59 -0400, Tim Parenti via tz wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Apr 2023 at 16:23, Doug Ewell via tz <tz at iana.org> wrote:
> > The question is whether a new set of 26 identifiers should be
> > created in the tz database which look like aliases for the existing
> > “Etc/GMT±n” identifiers, but which in fact have the opposite
> > meaning.
> > 
> > I have to agree with Paul Eggert that this would add nothing but
> > confusion.
> > 
> FWIW, I'd pondered making a similar proposal a few years back, and
> similarly concluded that it's not worth the added confusion for many
> of the reasons already stated.
> At least not unless/until the backward-compatibility concerns leading
> to the existing Etc/GMT* zones will have (someday) outstayed their
> welcome, and even then we'd want to wait a good while before adding
> anything similar.

Thanks for all the feedback - especially the history lesson about GMT
vs. UTC. As result I will just clarify the difference between GMT and
UTC offsets in the Debian/Ubuntu package.

Benjamin Drung
Debian & Ubuntu Developer

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