[tz] Time zone change in Turkey - lzip

vanadovv at hetnet.nl vanadovv at hetnet.nl
Sat Sep 17 09:53:18 UTC 2016

Hi Paul,

I am glad you finally supplied an Lzip archive to play with.
I just can't find a suitable Windows application for extracting this archive.
Searching the internet doesn't give any meaningful results.
Probably because absolutely nobody does lzip on Windows; this seems to be a Unix-Linux-only show.

I have found the program Lzip from Antonio Diaz at lzip.nongnu.org, but this is not a Windows program.
Somebody has made a port to Windows 32-bits 6 years ago. But does this work on my 64-bits Windows 10?
And if it does, do we get a decent application program with a graphical user interface or do we have to mess about with 50 years old technology like the command line interface?
Anyhow, I managed to find a Windows program that can handle 180 different archive file formats: PeaZip. This nice and well kept Windows program doesn't do lzip!
It appears that lzip is way too exotic in the Windows world to be bothered with.

It is very likely that the number of Windows users of at least the TZ data is too large to ignore.
So again: please drop this Unix-Linux-only stuff and keep the TZ distribution in a more universal archive format.
That's why I earlier mentioned the list of supported formats at 7-Zip. If 7-zip doesn't support a format, then changes are slim that anything does in the Windows world.

And yes, I know you are planning to distribute TZ also in the old gz format, at least for the moment.
But, given all the comments regarding breaking up a work flow, non support in Windows, and other comments, why still pushing lzip?


Oscar van Vlijmen

>----Origineel Bericht----
>Van : eggert at cs.ucla.edu
>Datum : 16/09/2016 17:53
>Aan : raghuram.prahlada at oracle.com
>Cc : tz at iana.org
>Onderwerp : Re: [tz] Time zone change in Turkey
>On 09/16/2016 03:37 AM, Raghuram wrote:
>> Do we have a 2016g release coming shortly for the Turkey ? 
>Yes, the 2016g release code and data have been finalized. We are merely 
>waiting for the crank to be turned internally in order to get it 
>published at iana.org and announced on tz-announce.
>If you are in a hurry, acopy of the complete 2016g release is attached. 
>Toconvert it to the traditional two-tarball format, run the following 
>shell commands on a POSIX host with GNU tar, gzip, and lzip installed:
>   tar -xf tzdb-2016g.tar.lz
>   cd tzdb-2016g
>   make tarballs
>The tarballs are all reproducible and have the following SHA512 checksums:
>Or you can get the 2016g code and data from the GitHub experimental 
>repository. It's tagged with '2016g'.

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