[rb-general] TZ=UTC wrong?
waldi at debian.org
Wed Oct 30 13:20:11 UTC 2019
On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 12:42:54PM +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 09:00:15PM +0200, Niko Tyni wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:28:32PM +0100, Guillem Jover wrote:
> > > Just noticed this change from the changelog. :) UTC is not really a
> > > proper timezone specification, the format requires an offset, so here
> > > it would be UTC0 (see «man timezone»).
Those are two different concepts. UTC refers to a timezone file,
/usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC. There are several files called UTC:
| % find /usr/share/zoneinfo -name "UTC*"
UTC0 or UTC+0 defines a unknown timezone called UTC and is 0 hours ahead
of the default UTC.
Just compare those:
| % TZ=UTC+0 date
| Mi 30. Okt 12:58:54 UTC 2019
| % TZ=UTC-1 date
| Mi 30. Okt 13:58:56 UTC 2019
| % TZ=UTC+1 date
| Mi 30. Okt 11:58:58 UTC 2019
| % TZ=WAT+0 date
| Mi 30. Okt 13:00:34 WAT 2019
> What's the opinion of debian-devel@ and others?
If you don't want to use the info in the zoneinfo files, specify UTC+0,
or DEB+0, or WAT+0.
Aren't those localtime maximum and minimum values bogus? The rely on
the timezone during build, not during execution. General speaking it is
only safe to use values between -2^63+1day and 2^63-1day or so for 64bit
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