[tz] [PATCH] Replace some zones with links when that doesn't lose useful info.
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Jul 11 04:58:29 UTC 2014
Marc Lehmann wrote:
> why have these standards changed so drastically w.r.t. tzdata?
The standards haven't changed. Nor are the proposed changes "drastic";
they're merely nibbling around some rarely-explored edges (once the
problems already pointed out have been fixed). What *has* changed is my
understanding of how spurious the old Shanks-based data entries are.
They're really bad. I can't prove it, but I have the strong impression
that most of the entries that we haven't already checked were simply
invented. If I'd known how bad they were I would not have put them
there in the first place.
> most people seem to have been concerned about stability of timestamps. not
> about accuracy, correctness or regression testing.
I doubt whether there's a genuine lack of concern about accuracy or
correctness. On the contrary, I think we all want the data to be as
accurate and correct as it can be. The only dispute here is how much
stability trumps these other concerns.
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