[tz] News article: Turkey’s plan to ignore daylight saving time has been foiled by smartphones

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Oct 27 17:19:12 UTC 2015

Paul_Koning at dell.com wrote:
> Clearly it isn't sufficient for governments to announce this sort of thing with just 3 or 4 weeks lead time.

It's not just computers. The Diyanet (the Presidency of Religious Affairs) 
warned that preprinted calendars contain Muslim prayer times that are now 
incorrect, and asked the faithful to manually add an hour. 

My cell phone (running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, released 2015-10-05) still has 
the old rules for Asia/Istanbul. My work desktop (Fedora 21) and my home desktop 
(Ubuntu 15.10) do have the current rules. Other operating system distributions 
that are up to date include Arch Linux 
<https://www.archlinux.org/packages/core/any/tzdata/>, CentOS 
Debian <https://packages.debian.org/sid/tzdata>, Linux From Scratch 
<http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/ticket/3845>, Oracle Linux 
<https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2015-October/005451.html>, Red Hat 
Enterprise Linux <https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHEA-2015-1863.html>, and 
Scientific Linux 
Apologies if I missed your favorite OS distribution and if it is up to date. 
Obviously many operating systems are not yet updated, though; it's not just Android.

This weekend's confusion probably deserves a comment, which the attached 
proposed patch adds.
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From 4ac4f1c84268f644c64d1173abdd691daa276eea Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:47:41 -0700
Subject: [PROPOSED PATCH] * europe: Add comment re EEST in Turkey.

 europe | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/europe b/europe
index 358a048..788a9b4 100644
--- a/europe
+++ b/europe
@@ -3154,6 +3154,12 @@ Zone	Europe/Zurich	0:34:08 -	LMT	1853 Jul 16 # See above comment.
 # It's officially announced now by the Ministry of Energy.
 # Turkey delays winter time to 8th of November 04:00
 # http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/turkiye/yaz-saati-uygulamasi-8-kasimda-sona-erecek/362217
+# From BBC News (2015-10-25):
+# Confused Turks are asking "what's the time?" after automatic clocks defied a
+# government decision ... "For the next two weeks #Turkey is on EEST... Erdogan
+# Engineered Standard Time," said Twitter user @aysekarahasan.
+# http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34631326
 Rule	Turkey	1916	only	-	May	 1	0:00	1:00	S

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