[tz] tabs vs spaces

Tobias Conradi mail.2012 at tobiasconradi.com
Wed May 1 12:08:59 UTC 2013

On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM,  <random832 at fastmail.us> wrote:
> On Wed, May 1, 2013, at 1:42, David Muir Sharnoff wrote:
>> I wanted to extract some of the data from the timezone files so I wrote a
>> quick parser for them.  In the process I discovered 1,477 lines that have
>> spaces where they should have tabs.
> Tokens in the timezone files are separated by _any whitespace_.
I don't see the word "token" in ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/code/Theory

And I assume not any white space separates tokens.

> In most languages, splitting up by 'any whitespace' is the simplest
> thing in the world.
Evidence? I assume in most languages there are things simpler than
that, e.g. splitting by space.

> In C (where nothing is simple), you could reuse the
> code from zic itself.
Or not.

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