[tz] Getting current tzdb version in use

Fred Gleason fredg at paravelsystems.com
Fri Jul 20 15:34:24 UTC 2018

On Jul 20, 2018, at 10:58, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> Plus, distributors need to include something better than "# version unknown", which is what Red Hat is doing unfortunately. See:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1604030 <https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1604030>
On any RedHat-ish system, one can get the TZ version very easily by doing:

*** snip snip ***
[fredg at elastigirl ~]$ rpm -q tzdata
*** snip snip ***

Or the equivalent programmatic call to the RPM database.

This, of course, is horrendously platform-specific, but that illustrates the larger point: TZDB has historically been integrated in all sorts of ways on all sorts of platforms; to expect a new ‘one true way to get the version’ to get any kind of traction at this point is rather utopian.


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