etcetera patch

Paul Eggert eggert at
Fri Feb 9 22:03:50 UTC 2001

> From: Semen A. Ustimenko [mailto:semenu at]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2001 3:30 PM
> I've discovered that definition for GMT+N anf GMT-N are just
> wrong. I.e.  setting zone to GMT+6 you really get -6 hours offset
> from GMT. And this is quite correct as is defined in etcetera file!

Thanks for pointing this out.  Apparently this bug was introduced in
the Great TZ Renaming of 1994, but nobody has noticed it until now.
I'll draft a proposed fix in my next patch.

Draft 5 of the next version of POSIX will let you say, for example,
TZ='<GMT+6>-6' in order to get a time zone named "GMT+6" that is 6
hours ahead of UTC.  Once support for this is added, "TZ=Etc/GMT+6"
will be completely obsolete.

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