Update: URL of Time and Date Gateway changed

Peter Thoeny peter.thoeny at attglobal.net
Fri Apr 9 07:29:55 UTC 2004

Paul at al,

here are two recommondation for the tz database (in source and
compiled form):

(1) Put a file called "version" or ".version" in the zoneinfo root, 
e.g /usr/share/zoneinfo, containing just one line of text, e.g.:


(2) Put a file called "deprecated" or ".deprecated" in the zoneinfo 
root containing lines of deprecated zones, e.g.:


Both of there changes would make it easier to manage them.

Thanks for listening,

Peter Thoeny wrote:
> Dear Paul,
> thanks for the update and for listing the site.
> I made some changes, Indiana and Kentucky are now correct.
> (Still debugging North_Dakota, it is in the directory but
> for some reason the script is not picking it up.)
> As previously noted, TWiki.org is hosted on SourceForge;
> the tz database does not seem to be up to date. Once we
> move TWiki to our own server I can fix that.
> Regards,
> Peter
> Paul Eggert wrote:
> >
> > I just now updated <http://www.twinsun.com/tz/tz-link.htm> to point to
> > that page.
> >
> > I noticed one other minor problem with that web page: it mishandles
> > zones whose names contain two or more slashes.  For example, the web
> > page has an entry 'Indiana' but when I follow the link to the URL
> > <http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/xtra/t?tz=America/Indiana> the resulting web
> > page says "Invalid Timezone: America/Indiana --
> > /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Indiana".
> >
> > The affected zones are:
> >
> > America/Indiana/Knox
> > America/Indiana/Marengo
> > America/Indiana/Vevay
> > America/Kentucky/Monticello
> > America/North_Dakota/Center
> >
> > I see the web page doesn't list any name related to
> > America/North_Dakota/Center, which was added in tz-2001d.  Nor does it
> > list other recently-added names like America/Bahia (added in
> > tz-2003d).  Perhaps you're using a old version of the tz data, or an
> > old version of the tz names?  You can get the current list of names
> > from zone.tab in the tz distribution.
> >
> > This suggests another possible improvement: at the bottom of the web
> > page you might list the tz version number or some other time stamp
> > associated with the tz table itself.  Unfortunately there's no easy
> > way to get the tz version number from the installed data.
> >
> > These are common-enough problems that I'll CC: this to the tz list.

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