still more problems with the formatting in the tz datafiles

Tony Blackmon tblackmon at
Fri Apr 26 18:54:05 UTC 2002

i am finding more and more of these. each header comment is clearly marked
with tabs delimiting the file, but when you get into the guts of the data
some of these tabs are spaces.
how do you parse the tzdata text files if the formatting is not correct?
as i stated before, i am working under a windows environment, but still
want to handle timezone conversion and client timezone selection using the
tzcode data. it perplexes me as to how this all works with the data files
formatted so wildly.
is it meant to be this way or is all of this accidental or unnoticed?

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