[Datetime-SIG] Are there any "correct" implementations of tzinfo?

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Mon Sep 14 05:54:42 CEST 2015


On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 6:21 PM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
>
> Now, the question may remain how do people know what to set their
timezone to. But neither pytz nor datetime can help with that -- it is up
to the sysadmin.


Note that this question is also out of the scope of "tzdist", IETF Time
Zone Data Distribution Service Working Group:

"""
The following are Out of scope for the working group:
...
- Lookup protocols or APIs to map a location to a time zone.
""" <https://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/tzdist/charter/>

I am not aware of any effort to develop such service. On the other hand,
stationary ISPs have means to distribute TZ information to the hosts.  See
for example, RFC 4833 ("Timezone Options for DHCP").
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