[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH 1/2] Also distribute code and data in a single tarball

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Mon Aug 22 16:10:51 UTC 2016

I don't see anything driving this disruptive change other than an
email from 16 years ago.

I only ever use the tzdata, and was considering writing a script
myself to download it. This just seems like needless fiddling with
something that isn't broken.


On 22 August 2016 at 16:39, Robert Elz <kre at munnari.oz.au> wrote:
>     Date:        Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:11:46 -0700
>     From:        Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu>
>     Message-ID:  <492db551-d050-d0c0-0b46-2bb49d89c2f8 at cs.ucla.edu>
>   | Yes. I'd like to discontinue the old-style distribution at some point
> Old style distribution was a single file containing both code and data.
> It was split because it was more manageable (for everyone) that way,
> most people don't really care much about the code - that just serves as
> a reference implementation, and the various system distributions use
> their own code (either based originally on the reference implementation,
> or independently created) and just want the data - which is (or should be)
> the primary output from this group.
> kre
> ps: I don't really see any need for a better compression technique than
> what is currently used (or really, for that matter, any compression at all.)
> Neither the code, nor the data, and not even the combination of the two,
> is big enough by modern standards to require it.

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