FW: Vietnam: Saigon is deprecated, should use capital Hanoi

Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov
Mon Jun 25 19:20:57 UTC 2007

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-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Pitt [mailto:martin.pitt at ubuntu.com] 
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 2:27 AM
To: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
Cc: 121540 at bugs.launchpad.net
Subject: Vietnam: Saigon is deprecated, should use capital Hanoi

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        http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer   http://www.ubuntu.com
Debian Developer   http://www.debian.org
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