[tz] Tonga returns to DST on 2016-11-06

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Sun Nov 6 05:42:15 UTC 2016

On 2016-11-04 13:51, Paul.Koning at dell.com wrote:
>> On Nov 4, 2016, at 3:27 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at CS.UCLA.EDU> wrote:
>> This all sounds complicated, though. The developers of Oracle's
>> TZUpdater tool apparently found the .asc files to be too much of a
>> hassle, and instead use SHA-512 checksums from a central server
>> instead. Should we slap more gingerbread atop a signature-checking
>> procedure that already may be a bridge too far?
> No. If people don't know how to handle .ASC files, let them learn.
> That's elementary IT technology; it's not our job to work around
> people who haven't learned the tools of their trade.

Think you may be jumping to unjustified conclusions, based on totally
incorrect assumptions.
More likely Oracle is just cognizant of their customers, who each may
have hundreds or thousands of heavily firewalled back end servers, whose
security staff don't want to punch a hole through to the internet, or
add other products of limited utility that have to be security qualified
before they can be installed on servers, and whose every patched release
has to be requalified.
Their "updated" approach is probably their standard method for corporate

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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