[tz] McMurdo/South Pole
rra at stanford.edu
Mon Sep 23 02:20:11 UTC 2013
David Patte ₯ <dpatte at relativedata.com> writes:
> But I believe the primary concern many of us have is that the data
> provided by the database has been changed unnecessarily, forcing rework
> and re-interpretation for those that use the database was other than
> assumed by the maintainers. In many cases this will mean using data
> from other sources, when the data could easily have been mantained in a
> single location.
Many people have asked repeatedly for a specific example of a problem, any
problem, that occurred or would occur in a real-world program due to these
changes. Those requests have been to no avail; all that people have
posted in return are opinions, theoretical discussions, and
misunderstandings of the database or its maintenance practices.
It sounds like you have a concrete example at your fingertips, so please
enlighten us about the details!
In particular, what would be extremely useful is a specific case involving
real-world code where one of the changes in 2013e caused or will cause an
actual program to break or misbehave. Please include the specific use
case, why the program was using that tzid, what the program did prior to
the data change, what the program did after the data change, and why you
believe the new behavior is incorrect. And please describe exactly what
change to code (rework) you had to do or believe you have to do in order
to remedy this problem.
Contentless assertions that this has happened or will happen are neither
useful nor actionable. Real-world test cases are both, and are
considerably more persuasive.
Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>
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