DST, will Fedora change the time on the fly?

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 23:31:17 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-03-09 at 00:27 +0100, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > On Jan 1, 2008 Venezuela changed its timezone from UTC-0400 to UTC-0430.
> > Fedora was on the ball and adjusted pretty quickly, likewise Windows,
> > however Firefox had an interesting Javascript bug:
> > https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=411726 initially reported
> > on MacOS X but later confirmed on Fedora 8. It took about a year to fix.
> > 
> > IOW, even though the platform gets it right, some apps may still get it
> > wrong because of hidden assumptions, e.g. that timezones are always
> > integral numbers of hours away from UTC.
> If that had been the problem, it would have been already broken for India.
> But looking at the bug report, the problem might atually have been more
> complicated than that, because the problem was also reported for a timezone
> with an integral offset (Georgetown - Guyana).

Yes, I meant that last as a general observation rather than a comment on
the specific bug.


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