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Re: New -base release?

From: Riccardo Mottola
Subject: Re: New -base release?
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:01:27 +0200
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How do you find the timezone on Free/Open BSD?  What we need for timezone 
support is some way to obtain, from the operating system, the correct timezone 
name (eg. GB-Eire or Europe/Rome)
There's no standard way to do that, so we already have system-specific code to 
get the info via the most common methods, and there's no real reason we can't 
add more for other OS's.
At least speaking for OpenBSD, /etc/localtime is a symlink to the timezone. For 
me it looks like this:
$ ls -l /etc/localtime
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  33 Feb 20 11:02 /etc/localtime ->  

yes, that's pretty standard. /etc/localtime can be both a link or just a raw copy.

do a "file /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Berlin"

and you should see the timezone data file version.

It appears I have both "old version" and "version 2" floating around. We are able to use version 2 files but not the old ones on freebsd. But I couldn't really understand inside the NSTimeZone code where we do read the contents of the file.

*light bulb on* ! Perhaps we do not read the conent, but we assume it is a symlink? I tried switching versions using a symlink and not by copying again.... I need to test that too. Darn.


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