Help on time zone data

Paul Eggert eggert at
Sat Apr 6 00:31:05 UTC 2002

> Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 13:51:49 -0800
> From: Avery Chan <avery at>
> What would be most helpful is some code (preferably in C) showing how to

> parse the files.

That's in localtime.c, which is part of the tzcode distribution.
There's an independent implementation in the GNU C library, which you
can also look at.

> Also I looked at the rule files, and I sort of understand them, but I'm 
> not too sure what the format is exactly as well as some of the syntax
>   what is 'Link')?

The zic man page covers that topic; it's in the file "zic.8" in the tz

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