etcetera patch

Semen A. Ustimenko semenu at
Fri Feb 9 23:24:39 UTC 2001

On Fri, 9 Feb 2001, Paul Eggert wrote:

> > 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.
Wow!... It will be nice to see fixed, as i count GMT+-N the most
understandable way to set time.

> 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.
A-aa... Maybe... Fine idea, except it's not quite clear what is the
meaning of those numbers in new TZ line. But, this isn't a problem.


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