Re: proposals for log file format changes

Rik Harris <>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 11:38:10 --100
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Subject: Re: proposals for log file format changes 
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Kevin wrote:
> Roy said:
> > I prefer local time, myself, as its extremely rare that someone would
> > need to compare stats across time zones and what I usually look for in
> > my stats is what local time is best for system changes.
> > To put it another way, if it's GMT then every analyzer will either have
> > to stick with GMT format (not user-friendly) or convert each log entry's
> > timestamp to localtime (a non-portable bit of code).
> 	Good point - it's rather problematic to make portable code that
> does that. As for me, I'll leave it up to the user to determine the
> GMT time difference, should they wish to report times in GMT. For
> backwards compatibility, the user also has to specify whether the
> log times are in GMT or local time now.
> 	So now the format would be
> host rfc931 authuser [DD/Mon/YYYY:hh:mm:ss TTT] ``request'' ddd bbbb
> 	...where TTT is the local timezone?

There is no standard for three letter timezones.  The safest way to
specify timezones is [GMT][+/-]nnnn.  ie. an offset from GMT.

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