[tz] Preparing to fork tzdb

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Sep 27 00:44:20 UTC 2021

On 9/22/21 11:32 AM, Brooks Harris via tz wrote:
> Olsen's original insight to use towns and cities to name time zones 
> turns out to be extraordinarily useful.

As a historical note, the naming convention you're talking about is 
something I originated and contributed to tzdb in 1993. Although I began 
with more-complicated names like Pacific/Fiji/Suva and 
North_America/US/Los_Angeles, the country names (and the "North_") were 
more trouble than they were worth, so I removed them before sending 
patches for Arthur to install.

One of my early emails about my idea concluded that "It looks like this 
will take some time." Which it has.


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