[LEAPSECS] Olson tz "right" zoneinfo files

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Wed Aug 14 18:45:33 EDT 2013

On Wed 2013-08-14T15:34:53 -0700, Redman, Russell hath writ:

> I would be interested in hearing about earlier efforts to do this,

> because it seems like something that should be easy but is not.

Those caveats are mentioned as part of
in particular that doing this solo is a system management nightmare
because of violating common practices. This is the kind of thing that
really wants a large consensus about how it should be done so that
the effort gets shared and cross-checked.

On the other hand, I take Google's leap smear as basically an
admission that (if the organization is big enough to handle the costs
of a management nightmare of non-standard practices) violating common
practices was easier, cheaper, and safer than re-tooling all the
heterogeneous systems to properly handle leap seconds.

That is, Google is big enough to set up its own worldwide distribution
scheme for its own private time scale.

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