[tz] Unacceptable recent changes [wasRe: [PATCH 2/4] Move obsolescent Americas entries to 'backward'.]

Andrew Paprocki andrew at ishiboo.com
Wed Aug 28 16:36:13 UTC 2013

On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM, Stephen Colebourne
<scolebourne at joda.org>wrote:

> They contain completely different data, and the 1970 argument simply
> won't wash. Many users will have stored data in databases or other
> long term storage that refers to these time-zones being made obsolete.
> When they read the data back, they will get completely different times
> for historic events - utterly unacceptable.

I second this -- we actively use the database for *all* dates, including
those pre-1970 because historical financial information extends back to
1895 in some cases. There is no other database that captures this data
accurately. If the IANA tz database is shrugging off all the work that went
into making this database what it is, we'll have no choice but to fork it.

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