[tz] Dropping iso3166.tab

Benjamin Kerensa bkerensa at ubuntu.com
Tue May 21 06:37:08 UTC 2013

On 05/20/13 22:27, Paul Eggert wrote:
> I have been thinking of proposing to drop iso3166.tab from the
> tz distribution, and to drop all uses of country codes.
> This would help simplify maintenance, as it would mean
> that the database would be unaffected by political
> issues such as whether Kosovo is a country, what country
> Jerusalem is in, what country Taipei is in, etc.  The idea
> is to simplify the database to help us focus on our charter
> (namely, civil time) and to be less distracted by political
> issues that do not affect the clocks.
> As part of this change, the first column of zone.tab
> would change from its current role (a country code)
> to be just a comment.
> I was thinking of changing the comment to be just "--",
> for every entry in zone.tab.   How would this change
> affect FreeBSD's use of zone.tab?

I'm unsure how this might affect FreeBSD but notably some Linux
Distros including Ubuntu use
this data and it could possibly impact Ubuntu's ubiquity installer.

Benjamin Kerensa
"I am what I am because of who we all are" - Ubuntu

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