Vietnam: Saigon is deprecated, should use capital Hanoi

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Fri Jun 22 06:26:54 UTC 2007

Hello Arthur and tzdata team,

we just got this tzdata bug in Ubuntu:

which points out that "Saigon" has been renamed to "Ho Chi Minh" a
long time ago. The comment in the asia file already mentions that:

  # Saigon's official name is Thanh-Pho Ho Chi Minh, but it's too long.
  # We'll stick with the traditional name for now.

A nice solution to avoid obsolete names, retain a short name, and even
get more consistent is to use "Hanoi", which is the actual capital of
Vietnam (and is the very same TZ). Then Saigon could just be an
alias (i. e. transitional symlink) to Hanoi.

What do you think about that?

Thank you in advance,

Martin Pitt
Ubuntu Developer
Debian Developer
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