[Opendnssec-develop] Making ODS immune for localtime changes

Sara Dickinson sara at sinodun.com
Mon Nov 5 11:40:57 UTC 2012

On 5 Nov 2012, at 11:14, Rick van Rein wrote:

> Hi Sion / others,
> Thanks for thinking along:
>> This is worth looking at closely. One worry for me would be pushing
>> these changes out as we will then switch people from local time to
>> UTC which for most folks will be more than the one hour summer-time
>> switch.
> Yes, I share that concern for one half of the globe.  We may have to
> play a Phileas Fogg on them; preparing the database with time zones
> on the safe side of UTC: "UTC-23h" or "UTC+23h" (not sure which),
> and so on.
> Alternatively, we could ensure that 2.0 resolves those issues by
> not depending on timestamping, but on actual feedback from the
> surrounding world.

I've opened a JIRA issue to review the position in 2.0:


>> Also note that InceptionOffset should not interfere with keys being
>> introduced; but maybe we should at least recommend that the publish
>> safety is at least one hour to cover DST (this is the supplied
>> default)?
> Both variables would need our thinking through I suppose.  Setting them
> to 1h + the actually wished-for variance sounds to me like a workaround,
> but not an actual solution.  It's weird to have to set such variables
> to a high value just because there *may* be a time shift every now and
> then, and be delayed because of it throughout the rest of the year.
> Cheers,
> -Rick
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