Determining daylight savings changes on BSD

Roland Smith rsmith at
Mon Feb 5 21:28:47 UTC 2007

On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 02:38:54PM -0500, Bill Moran wrote:
> In response to John Nielsen <lists at>:
> > On Friday 02 February 2007 17:35, Dan Nelson wrote:
> > > In the last episode (Feb 02), Robert Fitzpatrick said:
> [snip]
> > > Upgrading to 5.5 or 6.2 will get you the new tables as a side-effect of
> > > the upgrade :)  If you don't want to upgrade, just install the
> > > misc/zoneinfo port and rerun tzsetup.
> > 
> > The last bit (rerunning tzsetup(8)) is good advice for anyone who hasn't run 
> > it in a while. Upgrading from earlier versions of FreeBSD will install the 
> > new tzdata files but it will not touch /etc/localtime.
> Is there a good reason why FreeBSD copies the file instead of making a
> symlink?  Doesn't seem like the best idea to me.

One reason I can think of is that /usr might be on a separate partition,
which isn't automatically mounted in single user mode.

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