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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:50:14 +0300
From: Hannu Nyman <>
Subject: Bug in timezone handling (new zonename format like '<+04>-4' )

The IANA timezone zoneinfo maintainers have decided to introduce new 
timezones in a simplified format with 2016b zoneinfo.
No more invented name strings, but just the time offset inside <...>
This seems to break musl.
      New zones Europe/Astrakhan and Europe/Ulyanovsk ... Asia/Barnaul ...
      As a trial of a new system that needs less information to be made up, 
the new zones use numeric time zone abbreviations like "+04" instead of 
invented abbreviations like "ASTT".

I have tested with Openwrt trunk using musl (with Linux kernel 4.1) and older 
uClibc-based Openwrt CC15.05.1.
The uClibc-based system uses the new zones ok, but the musl-based build 
behaves badly, as it defaults to GMT and shows the zonename as '+04>-4'. 
(This is when full zoneinfo files are not installed and just the TZ variable 
is used.)

Examples at

(note: Openwrt patches musl to store TZ in /etc/TZ instead of an env 
variable, but that should have no impact in the displayed timezone.)

Example with musl:

old zone is ok:
root@...nWrt:~# cat /etc/TZ
root@...nWrt:~# uptime
  11:00:52 up 18:17,  load average: 0.43, 0.13, 0.11
root@...nWrt:~# date
Wed Mar 30 11:00:55 EEST 2016

"new zone" is handle wrongly:
root@...nWrt:~# cat /etc/TZ
root@...nWrt:~# uptime
  08:02:52 up 18:19,  load average: 0.17, 0.18, 0.13
root@...nWrt:~# date
Wed Mar 30 08:02:59 +04>-4 2016
(That should be Helsinki+1  (= +2 -DST) = 12:02:59)

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