[tz] [PATCH 0/1] Add Asia/Beijing

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Aug 13 20:12:07 UTC 2012

On 08/14/2012 03:49 AM, James M Leddy wrote:

>  * The common proposed fix is that we should be using "human
>    presentable" names and have a mapping from these names to the
>    actual timezones. Since that proposal, indeed since the inception
>    of desktop Linux/Unix, no one (as far as I know) has actually done
>    this

I happened to read this on my laptop which runs Ubuntu 12.04 and uses
the tz database.  I clicked on the time in the upper right-hand part
of my screen, clicked on "Time & Date Settings", typed "Beijing", and
it automatically changed my desktop to Beijing Time aka CST.

So, not only has it been done, it's been done on a platform that
your company helps maintain....

>  * we have a link from the Vatican to Rome, even though it
>    should be pretty obvious that they're the same time zone.

In hindsight perhaps we should not have had a separate entry for each
country, as this has resulted in all sorts of nationalistic commentary
that has little to do with the actual data.  I'd rather not make
matters worse, though.

>  It's called "Beijing Time".

And time in London is called "Greenwich Mean Time".  But we do not
have a Europe/Greenwich entry.

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