[tz] [PATCH] Updates for Chile 2013

Paul_Koning at Dell.com Paul_Koning at Dell.com
Fri Mar 1 19:38:23 UTC 2013

On Mar 1, 2013, at 2:05 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote:

> <<On Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:32:37 -0500, Andrew Paprocki <andrew at ishiboo.com> said:
>> We have a production process based around IANA releases. This process can
>> not depend on github snapshots. We need lead time to deploy a real IANA
>> release to thousands of boxes in a safe manner. We can do testing using
>> github, but that doesn't remove the need to get a regularly scheduled (as
>> in "everyone knew about the Chile changes weeks ago") update at least a
>> week in advance.
> I think you and several other people on this list are being a bit too
> demanding of people who do this work without compensation in their
> spare time.  If your process requires an "official" release, then you
> need to fix your process, because the official release process is not
> ordered around your scheduling demands.

The other point is that governments announce TZ changes with anywhere from a year or two lead time, to negative lead time.  A day or two is quite common.  So, realistically, timezone database changes, whether "official" or prereleases, will often appear after the fact.  Such things are the fault of the respective governments, not of the TZ workers.


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