[tz] [DRAFT] EU-related changes likely – here’s a heads-up

Jon Skeet skeet at pobox.com
Sat Sep 15 16:49:50 UTC 2018

I wasn't suggesting it for any of the purposes you talked about here. I was
suggesting it because it's easier to see changes via the GitHub UI than in
a patch in an email. You can make it clear in the commit that that's the
*only* purpose of the branch.

Maybe I'm alone in finding the diff easier to see that way, but I suspect
I'm not.


On Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 17:40 Paul Eggert, <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> Jon Skeet wrote:
> > Have you considered adding this to GitHub, but in a separate branch?
> I considered it, but in the past I've avoided publishing multiple branches
> due
> to the complexity and confusion that they inevitably entail. Although
> larger
> projects need multiple branches, tzdb is a small one, and I would rather
> not
> maintain separate branches for each alternative-universe prediction of
> what will
> happen in Europe next year. We can install something along the lines of
> the
> patch at an appropriate point assuming the proposal becomes official and
> after
> further info rolls in. As the patch should affect only future timestamps,
> it
> shouldn't break too many people's cell phones when it's installed, and
> there is
> an advantage to sticking to a single prediction even if the prediction is
> wrong
> on some details.
> The main point of publishing the patch now was not to predict what Finland
> or
> the UK would do: it was to point out technical details that need to be
> ironed
> out no matter what they do. The main problem, as I see it, is time zone
> abbreviations; a secondary problem is whether summer 2019 will be
> considered
> daylight saving time or standard time in Europe.
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