[tz] Fractional seconds in zic input
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sun Feb 4 16:37:52 UTC 2018
For many years I've chafed at tzdata's lack of support for fractional seconds.
We have good evidence of well-established standard-time UT offsets that were not
multiples of one second; for example, the Netherlands before 1937. These can't
be recorded in tzdata except as comments.
Ideally tzcode would support fractional-second times and UT offsets all the way
down the chain. This would mean changes to the tz binary format and to the
runtime API, though, which is not something we'd do lightly, if ever. However,
it's easy to change the zic spec to allow fractional seconds, and to change zic
to accept and ignore the fractions, so that fractional seconds can be documented
more formally in the data; this could well be useful to applications other than
tzcode. Proposed patch attached, hairy sscanf format and all.
This patch does not actually change the data, as we'll need time, and/or a
procedure to automatically generate data compatible with zic 2018c and earlier.
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