[tz] tzdata2016g missing version information

Dempsey, Peter Peter.Dempsey at verint.com
Tue Oct 4 12:16:19 UTC 2016

Hi Paul,

I was able to modify the Makefile as you suggested and rebuilt the .tar.gz on Windows successfully. The Oracle Time zone updater tool was then able to successfully updated the time zone and I wrote a simple Java application to test the time zone.

Best regards,


Pete Dempsey
Application Engineer
Verint Customer Engagement Solutions
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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Eggert [mailto:eggert at cs.ucla.edu] 
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2016 6:40 PM
To: Dempsey, Peter <Peter.Dempsey at verint.com>; Time Zone Mailing List <tz at iana.org>
Cc: susan.abraham at oracle.com; kim.davies at icann.org
Subject: Re: tzdata2016g missing version information

On 10/03/2016 02:17 AM, Dempsey, Peter wrote:
> The tzdata file published on the IANA site needs to include the 
> VERSION information so that this tool can work. When do you think this 
> can be provided?

The version information is provided in the time zone distribution now. 
It's just not in the (old, undocumented, and flaky) form that the Oracle tool was expecting. We plan to figure out some way of providing the version information in a documented and supported way. When that happens, the current Oracle tool likely still won't work, because it won't support whatever way we develop. So it will need to be modified as well. When all this happens, everything will start working nicely again.

There is no schedule for this: among other things I do not set Oracle's schedule and as far as I know nobody has written or tested any code yet. 
Please remember that this is a volunteer project. In the meantime you can use the workaround I mentioned in <http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/2016-September/024221.html>.

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