[tz] Reason for removal of several TZ

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Mon Dec 4 18:09:54 UTC 2017

On 2017-12-04 07:05, David Patte ₯ wrote:
> On 2017-12-04 02:52, Paul Eggert wrote:
>> Although we cannot avoid politics entirely, we should strive to avoid as much
>> as possible in tzdb. For example, tzdb should not take any position on Israel
>> vs Palestine, North Korea vs South Korea, or Canada vs the United States. It's
>> not our job to address such disputes and it would be a waste of our limited
>> resources if the disputes got in the way of our job.
> Its convenient to frame Palestine in this manner, but if you truly wish to
> remove your own politics from the db, the politics of the Palestinians
> themselves should be the deciding factor here.

I wouldn't mind if the country codes were eliminated from zone.tab to avoid
politics - it does not serve much function - make that another UI issue to argue
with each distro or vendor!
Until then we should go as usual with the de facto majority situation on the
ground to avoid political claims.
Unfortunately politicians seem to be allowed to decide which time zones should
be observed where and when - the source of many of our problems: "Put not your
trust in princes" although princesses may be more apposite ;^>
I would prefer bureaucratic inertia to changes over political whims.

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

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