[tz] tzdist and tz at iana

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 01:40:18 UTC 2016

On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 9:20 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
>> what I had in mind was that zic could implement the RFC 7808 "expand"
action <https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7808#section-5.4> which is not
implemented in vzic.
> Is the idea that a web server would wait for a request about some
particular range of time zone data, and then fire up an instance of zic to
generate just that data? That sounds slow.

I would see IANA reference implementation as an étalon against which
developers can test their implementations, not as a component to be
reused.  In this role performance is not really a consideration.

> Or were you thinking of making zic a long-running process, ...

I would rather see a libzic that would expose a parser, some kind of
in-memory representation of zones and rules and a set of functions that
will mirror RFC 7808 APIs.
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