FW: timezone improvements

Olson, Arthur David (NCI) olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov
Thu Aug 26 17:33:12 UTC 1999

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-----Original Message-----
From:	Robert E. Brown [SMTP:brownb at jany.gs.com]
Sent:	Thursday, August 26, 1999 1:24 PM
To:	tz at elsie.nci.nih.gov
Subject:	timezone improvements

I work for a company that requires some capabilities beyond the standard
time zone library.  Here's the sort of thing we're interested in:

    Ability to efficiently do time calculations in several time zones at the
    same time in separate threads.  Time zone functions might take a zone
    as argument instead of the current method of setting the TZ environment
    variable and calling tzset to change zones, which involves file I/O.

Is there any prior art along these lines?  I do see the routines whose names
end with "_r".  They seem to fix one glitch, but do not completely solve the

How can I get the capabilities I want integrated with the standard time zone
library?  By making it a part of the standard library, the chance increases
that the code will be used, maintained, and completely debugged.  We are
willing to pay for the capabilities we want.  Would Cygnus be a good source
for this work?  Do you have any other suggestions?  Thanks very much.


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