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

Tom Yu tlyu at MIT.EDU
Thu Jul 7 19:36:47 EDT 2011

Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at> writes:

> 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'. 

Ah.  Thank you for that information.  This needs further
investigation.  Red Hat people, do you have any insight as to why the
Fedora installer might do something like that?

I wouldn't characterize my proposal as punting this as "user error";
My proposal should make a definite improvement over the current
situation on systems where timegm() is natively available.  That's one
of the reasons I'm trying to get more information on how often "right"
time zones get configured (whether by explicit user action or by OS
installer behavior) on systems that lack a native timegm().

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