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SubjectRE: New kernel interface for sys_tz and timewarp?
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From: Theodore Y. Ts'o
> Sent: 14 August 2019 01:06
> On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 10:30:34AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > I suspect the only actual _valid_ use in the kernel for a time zone
> > setting is likely for RTC clock setting, but even that isn't really
> > "global", as much as "per RTC".
>
> As I recall (and I may or may not have been original for the original
> sys_tz; it was many years ago, and my memories of 1992 are a bit
> fuzzy) the only reason why we added it was because x86 systems that
> were dual-booting with Windows had a RTC which ticked localtime, and
> originally, the system time was fetched from the RTC in early boot,
> and then when the timezone was set, the time would be warped so it
> would be correct.

x86 systems are very likely to have the RTC set by the bios config.
In which case it will almost certainly get set to local time.
It is certainly the default for windows installs - I don't even know
if you have any other option.

The 'real fun' (tm) happens when a dual boot system changes from
winter to summer time.
ISTR that it is quite easy to get both (or more) OS to change the
RTC by an hour (I went home an hour early one year).
Although the x86 RTC chip has a bit defined for 'summertime', nothing
sets it (at least when I looked).

David

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