dates and their representation

Caskey L. Dickson caskey at
Tue Sep 22 15:24:26 CEST 1998

On Wed, 23 Sep 1998, Michael Sobolev wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 22, 1998 at 01:56:00PM -0700, Caskey L. Dickson wrote:
> > I would disagree with your statement that mixing gmt and local time will
> > cause confusion.  What will cause confusion is mixing of semantics.  When
> > you are using a date to represent when something occured in the context of
> > the person using the software, you ought to use the local time.  If you
> > are using a date that is to identify something external, such as when a
> > key was created, you should use UTC. 
> OK.  Could you please provide me with more examples of such "external"
> events?  At the moment, I can only see only one such an event: key
> creation; all other events are always considered in context of the
> person using the software.  As result, the key creation time should
> always be displayed using gmtime (3)  function, while all other times --
> using localtime (3) or gmtime (3) according to the specified option. 

AFAIK there aren't any other examples of external events in gpg.  Someone
more familiar with the application would have to compile those.

As for your summation, we are in total agreement.


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