timezones compatible with POSIX? [forwarded with permisison]

Arthur David Olson ado
Fri May 6 18:57:49 UTC 1994

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> Subject: timezones compatible with POSIX?
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> Hello,
> I work at the Santa Cruz Operation, a company that makes
> UNIX.  I am designing and implementing the part of our
> installation that sets time zones.  A search for complete,
> thorough timezone information led me to your anonymous ftp
> site, and I would like to use the information that you make
> available, if possible.
> However I am having some trouble reconciling the Rule
> format with the format we use, which is also the POSIX standard
> for timezone strings (as far as I can tell, looking at my
> POSIX doc).  The problem is in the area of shifting to and from
> Daylight Savings Time.  Our format is to use a Julian day,
> a month/week/day, or a week/day format.  It's different enough from
> your Rule format that timezones defined in your format (such as Sun >= 11)
> do not work in our format for more than a few years at best (is
> that the 2nd week of the month?  The 3rd week?  It shifts.)
> I am wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and if you
> have seen any solutions?  Are there alternate ways of expressing
> timezones?  If you'd like more information I'd be happy to supply
> it.
> Thanks very much for your help,
> --peggyd at sco.com

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