[tz] Are tzdata2016g & tzdata-latest missing the VERSION file?

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Fri Sep 30 17:22:42 UTC 2016

On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 12:15 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> On 09/30/2016 09:04 AM, Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
>> why not replace "unknown" in the VERSION setting with the actual version
>> at the time the archive is created?
> That would mean the Makefile would differ from what's in the repository.
Why is that a problem?  The current logic in the Makefile (git describe) is
useless outside of a git clone.  It can be modified to use the pre-defined
value if it is not "unknown" so that "make version" works in a directory
where tzdata is expanded.  The advantage over distributing the version file
is backward compatibility.
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