[tz] timezone DB distribution

Michael Douglass mikeadouglass at gmail.com
Tue Sep 8 02:59:33 UTC 2020

On 9/7/20 22:56, Michael Douglass wrote:
> On 9/7/20 17:24, Paul Eggert wrote:
>> On 9/7/20 1:23 PM, Brian Inglis wrote:
>>> If you follow those links and dig into those servers, they appear to 
>>> be mail
>>> server calendar addins, which use vzic to convert tzdata source into 
>>> for updating and caching calendar zones, not providing any kind of 
>>> service or
>>> distribution, except to their own mail server calendar clients.
>> Thanks for following those links, which I didn't bother to do. If 
>> they don't support the TZDIST protocol then I suppose I should revert 
>> the recently-proposed change to tz-links.html[1] which says they do.
> No - neither bedwork nor Darwin have any mail element - they are 
> calendar and contacts servers. Both bedework (which I'm responsible 
> for) and Cyrus (for which Ken is responsible) support TZdist.
> There is code in both to convert tzdata source - mine is partially 
> working - Ken's is in much better shape.
> The reason VTIMEZONE was the only supported data format is it was the 
> only one defined at the time. That's why Ken started the TZif 
> definition so that TZDIST could deliver the data used by OSs for example.
> TZDIST is not data format specific. It's just that at this stage there 
> aren't may defined formats.
> I can't speak for Cyrus but the tzdist server in bedework is a 
> separate project in github. I can add a direct link
And I just realized it is already a direct link.
>> [1] 
>> https://github.com/eggert/tz/commit/cb2d288ae0bb3aa5fb7cc94480ea955ff76bd183

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