[tz] [PATCH 4/4] yellow flags

enh enh at google.com
Tue Aug 13 16:22:11 UTC 2013

(Android currently uses zone.tab to get a list of time zones in use in a
given country.)

On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:17 AM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> Derick Rethans wrote:
> > Maybe that was the original idea, but that does not mean that people
> > don't use it differently from the original intented usage.
> Which usages are these, in practice?  Nobody has mentioned any
> significant problems yet.
> > I don't understand why the changes to zone.tab
> > have to be made.
> The problem is politics.  We are trying to get the tz project out
> of the political issues of what the boundary between Country X and
> Country Y is, or whether Country X is actually a country.  When
> I created zone.tab originally, I was naive about how bad this
> could be, and I'm trying to change things slightly to avoid as
> many future political problems as I can without breaking things
> significantly.  There is no perfect solution here -- no matter
> what we do, even if it's doing nothing right now, there will be
> more work to do later; but the political hassles are real, and
> will consume more and more of our resources as time goes on,
> and I'm trying to head as many of them off at the pass now as
> feasible.

Elliott Hughes - http://who/enh - http://jessies.org/~enh/
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