[tz] Destruction of timezone history - please revert (typos corrected)
alois at astro.ch
Sat Jun 12 10:04:45 UTC 2021
I consider the decision to merge zones of multiple countries, just
because they share a common post-1970 history, one of the worst
decisions ever made for the TZ project.
There used to be Zone Europe/Copenhagen, which represented the exact
timezone history of Copenhagen, in fact of all of Denmark, since
the introduction of standard time in Denmark in 1890.
Now the file 'europe' says
# For Denmark see Europe/Berlin.
But zone Europe/Berlin is a bad representation of Denmark's timezone
history. It gives false data from 1949 backward.
The decision to remove zones like Europe/Copenhagen from the main zone
files destroys the work of a whole generation
of timezone history researchers.
It is a completely unnecessary step, forced by nothing.
I urge the responsible persons to revert this step.
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