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Re: New time zones

From: Milan Zamazal
Subject: Re: New time zones
Date: 01 May 2001 20:38:14 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.102

>>>>> "YS" == Yngve Svendsen <address@hidden> writes:

    YS> Going through the Gnats reports, I noticed a couple more missing
    YS> time zones.

I've looked into `tar' sources, where GNATS' getdate.y apparently
originates.  The commentary before the time zone table there says:

/* The time zone table.  This table is necessarily incomplete, as time
   zone abbreviations are ambiguous; e.g. Australians interpret "EST"
   as Eastern time in Australia, not as US Eastern Standard Time.
   You cannot rely on getdate to handle arbitrary time zone
   abbreviations; use numeric abbreviations like `-0500' instead.  */

I think we should give up on adding new time zones and update getdate.y
to a newer version instead.  getdate.y seems to be shared by more GNU
programs (similarly as e.g. regexp.c) and I can't see any reason to
divert from it.

I also plan to replace %Z occurrences in strftime calls by %z.  This has
already been applied in the Debian GNATS package long time ago and there
were no problems reported about it.

Any objections?

Milan Zamazal

Here is my advice, don't try to program the bleeding edge for the
general populace unless you really, really, really like migraines.
                                                   Neal H. Walfield

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