[tz] Adding Asia/Beijing timezone into the database

Daoming Qiu qdaoming at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 10:37:09 UTC 2011

Thanks for all your information.

The fact that this issue has been discussed so many times reflects
that what the user prefers,
and this unreasonable point in the current tz database.
If this issue has not been fixed, it will continue to be raised in the future.

I browsed through the list archive, and I don't agree with the discussion point.
- The timezones listed in the tz database are important and directly
referenced by many kinds of applications.
 Requiring applications to do specific mapping (Asia/Shanghai->
Beijing)  is not good.
- Using New_York/Washington_DC as selection example, to determine
Shanghai/Beijing selection is not good.
 Both city pairs are quite different.
- For a long time(at least recent 100 years), Beijing is used time
reference point, and Shanghai seldom.
I know that tz database uses city's population as the only selection
criteria, but there should be other aspects weighs. tz database should
listen to the voice of the user to be more REASONABLE.


On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 6:09 PM, Bill Seymour <stdbill.h at pobox.com> wrote:
> Link    Asia/Shanghai   Asia/Beijing
> Would that suffice?  Or do you really mean to say
> that Beijing has obeyed PRC rules since 1928?
> --Bill
On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM, Eliot Lear <lear at cisco.com> wrote:
> I believe this issue has been discussed repeatedly on this list, the
> archives of which are available for your perusal.  My suggestion is that
> until circumstances change that might impact the decision process, we
> not revisit the whole argument.  If those circumstances have changed,
> perhaps those proposing the change should indicate what they are.
> Eliot
On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM, Ted Cabeen <ted at cabeen.org> wrote:
> Have you looked in the list archives?  This exact issue has been discussed
> many times.
> --Ted

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