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Re: date(1) in stretch and buster




On Tuesday 09 April 2019 14:28:18 Michael Stone wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 02:03:08PM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> >On Tuesday 09 April 2019 09:38:43 Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> >> On 2019-04-08 18:26:23 +0300, Reco wrote:
> >> > stretch$ TZ=UTC date
> >> > Mon Apr  8 15:22:02 UTC 2019
> >> > buster$ TZ=UTC date
> >> > Mon 08 Apr 2019 03:22:04 PM UTC
> >>
> >> This is unrelated to your issue, but note that the correct TZ
> >> string for UTC is "UTC0", not "UTC". See
> >>
> >>
> >> http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/basedefs/V1_chap08.
> >>htm l
> >
> >Yikes. Can that be actually put into English?
> >
> >I've read thru it, and the only thing I can come away is that 'if
> > UTC, then offset is required, and it can be anything from -23 to
> > +23, including your example 0 meaning no offset from UTC.
> >
> >As it now reads, theres a ton of ambiguity that needs further
> >clarification.
>
> There's a discrepency between the historic posix definition of the TZ
> environment variable, and how it works on a modern system. There's an
> official workaround that I've never actually seen used in the wild. It
> doesn't matter in practice.
>
> Mike Stone

The point I was trying to make Mike, is, if thats to be a std, its an 
extremely obtuse way of writing that std. Consequently I suspect it will 
be 100% ignored. And folks will continue to muddle along just fine. :) 

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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