[tz] Recent conversions of zones to aliases

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sat Oct 4 17:08:28 UTC 2014

Stephen Colebourne wrote:
>> >Did Joda-Time's regression tests also fail for 2014h's changes to Jamaica
>> >time in early 1974?  Those changes are for more-recent time stamps, time
>> >stamps that are in scope for the tz database.
> The test broke because it is no longer possible to obtain a zone in
> Joda-Time with the ID "Africa/Harare", however we map the CAT short ID
> to Harare.

I wasn't asking about Harare, where the issue was the name.  I was asking about 
Jamaica, where the issue was the data.  Did Joda-Time's regression tests fail 
for 2014h's changes to Jamaica time in early 1974?  To some extent I'm asking 
whether these regression tests focus on the data or on the metadata.

As others have said, it's always been the intent in the tz database that users 
are unaffected by whether a name is defined via a Zone or a Link, which means a 
regression test sensitive to this issue could well be a false alarm.

> This notion of "distance from politics" is absurd

It may be absurd to you, but it's not absurd to me.  I get political pushes all 
the time, some on this list, some not.  Politics not only consume far more of my 
time than I'd like: they have the potential to escalate enough to destroy the 
project.  I attempt to insulate this group as much as possible from politics, 
and understand that those being sheltered may not appreciate the need for the 
insulation.  But the need is there.

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