Re: Off-topic year-2000

H. Peter Anvin (
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 12:26:10 -0800 (PST)

I quote:

> > > My TZ variable is set as TZ=EST and is exported. Removing it makes
> > > the time GMT so I know it's being checked and included in the
> > > calculations.

> The links in /usr/local/share/zoneinfo are set up to point to US/Eastern.
> I note that nothing sets TZ automatically.

If you have a TZ variable it overrides the links.

> I find that setting te TZ variable to to EST5EDT makes it work!!!??????
> Does this mean that the gnu wizards heard that Eastern Daylight savings
> time will not exist anymore after Y2K?
> Notice, the current localtime is correct in both cases!

"EST" has never been a valid timezone string AFAIK; "EST5" or
"EST5EDT" have been. "EST" may have worked by sheer coincidence in
the past.