[tz] Newbie

Alan Barrett apb at cequrux.com
Fri Oct 21 12:55:40 UTC 2011

On Fri, 21 Oct 2011, Thom Hehl wrote:
>OK, I run my timezone database under windows, so, after a couple of
>tries, I got the code I downloaded from the TZ database site to compile
>under windows.
>Now what? I looked at the HTML files and there's no readme or anything
>else that looks like documentation on how to use it.

Most of the documentation is in Unix man page format.  If you 
can't read man pages under Windows, look at the corresponding text 
files (e.g. tzfile.5.txt instead of just tzfile.5).

date.1 documents a command line utility that can display or change 
the system date and time in any known timezone, but it probably 
won't work under Windows.

newtzset.3, newctime.3, newstrftime.3, and time2posiz.3 document 
library functions that are callable from C programs.  Some parts 
of these may be usable under Windows, but other parts rely on 
operating system features that will probably be different.

tzfile.5 documents the format of the compiled binary timezone 

zic.8 documents the command line untility that compiles the 
human-readable specifications of time zone rules into binary 

zdump.8 documents the command lile utility that extracts and 
displays information from compiled time zone descriptions.

tzselect.8 documents an interactive ksh script that can help users 
to choose time zone settings.

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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