[tz] timezone DB distribution

Paul Gilmartin PaulGBoulder at AIM.com
Wed Aug 19 18:08:58 UTC 2020

On 2020-08-19, at 11:44:45, Guy Harris wrote:
> And does Z/OS UNIX use EBCDIC rather than ASCII?  If so, it may be a UNIX, but it's a UNIX for which a lot of code written for UN*Xes may not work, although the tz code might have avoided making ASCII-specific assumptions.
Absolutely true, only slightly mitigated in that z/OS pax
embeds code conversion, as does Info-ZIP "unzip -aa".  It
leaves the problem "a lot of code written for UN*Xes may not
work, ..."

>> And Single UNIX much prefers "pax" over "tar" nowadays.
> "prefers" in what sense?  And, in practice, how many pax archives using its extensions to ustar format are out there?
... mentions "pax", not "tar".

>>> ...offering both a tarball and a zipball might be a good idea (zip exists as a UN*X command, and ships with at least UN*Xes, but UN*X users may be less used to it).
>> Again, non-POSIX, but distributed with (most) Linux.
> And at least some non-Linux UN*Xes:

-- gil

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