prevalence of "right" time zones without timegm()?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Thu Jul 7 18:51:23 EDT 2011

On Thu, 2011-07-07 at 16:50 -0400, Tom Yu wrote:
> Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at> writes:
> > This does really happen in the real world, and is a nightmare to track
> > down (I spent hours on it).  We (Samba Team) found it out via Heimdal,
> > and Fedora 13 or 14 (current as of 2010-09) systems in Seattle time zone
> > (while at a Microsoft interop :-)
> What are the business reasons for configuring a "right" time zone?
> And do the people who choose to do so fully recognize the risks
> involved?

Perhaps I wasn't clear.  Microsoft prepared some default Fedora Linux
installations for us.  They selected the west coat US timezone (as you
would).  This was not some special setup, it was a default setup.  That
is why I'm so concerned about the idea of punting this as 'user error'. 

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at>

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