[tz] Missing entry for Heard Island and MacDonald Islands

Tobias Conradi tobias.conradi at gmail.com
Sat May 12 00:22:11 UTC 2012

On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 2:13 AM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> On 05/11/2012 03:36 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
>> The historical practice of the maintainers up to this point has been
>> that locations that are uninhabited do not get a zone.
> Yes, the idea is that the tz database attempts to record
> common real-world practice at a location.
> Local time is
> undefined if there are no locals.
Any source for the claim? Vast areas of Siberia without local time?

>  It's like trying to
> define the temperature of a true vacuum.
What level of discussion is this?

http://www.timegenie.com/country.time/hm reports that the Australian
Antarctic Division did succeed to define a time.

> A  goal of the tz database design is to lessen the need
> for arguments.  Omitting uninhabited locations is one
> small way to further that goal.
They are only omitted sometimes. This is inconsistent.

Tobias Conradi
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