proposed time zone package changes (Argentina, Mauritius, Niue, Syria)

Nicolas Alvarez nicolas.alvarez at
Wed Oct 8 16:22:49 UTC 2008

Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] wrote:
>> Why is there a rule for Oct 2008* if there is nothing officially known?
> The rule reflects the sense that Argentina is likelier than not to observe
> DST, even though nothing is officially known. As indicated in the proposed
> change letter, there'll be a further update if Argentina does something
> different than what's now in the Rules.

So basically the current tzdata has a *guess* at when it *might* be.

As you probably know, many operating systems had their time wrong last week
because tzdata said DST would start on the 5th. Ubuntu took days to update
the tzdata since the report. The current package says it will start on the

If the government doesn't say *anything* about DST, what will you do? Change
the rules on the 18th to remove the DST? Do you know how much time it will
take for all distros to have it? Definitely more than a day, so on the 19th
we'll have the same mess again.

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