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speaking of time zones -- syslogd 1.4.1 timezone behavior odd....



The frenzy of people auditing their systems for timezone-change compliance
has brought this to my attention. One deficiency of the syslog format is
that it doesn't record the timezone (particularly annoying around the DST
change). But to compound this, the datestamp recorded from local syslog
calls is apparently based on whatever the calling client has their timezone
set as. Thus, you can do:

  TZ="UTC+23:56" logger "Look! I'm logging from yesterday!"

if you want.

Apparently, there's a patch for this behavior in the perennially not
released sysklogd 1.4.2 (what's up with that?). I think we should consider
backporting this to Fedora. Comments?

<https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=231326>


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Matthew Miller           mattdm mattdm org          <http://mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>              <http://linux.bu.edu/>


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