[tz] timezone Verschlimmbesserung

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Oct 5 23:21:33 UTC 2021

On 10/5/21 15:38, Steffen Nurpmeso wrote:

> It would also introduce nothing but harm on operating systems
> / filesystems which do not support links.

That shouldn't be a problem, as zic does not rely on operating-system 
links to support its 'Link' command. zic uses hard links if available, 
otherwise symbolic links if available, otherwise copies.

> i would simply output the name of the link, maybe like so
>    The following information has been given:
>    ...
>    Therefore TZ='Asia/Phnomh_Penh' will be used.
>    It is a link pointing to the dataset TZ='Asia/Bangkok'.

OK, I see. You can get the effect you want in tzdb 2021c, by using the 
command 'tzselect -t zone'. However, the -t option is not documented as 
it wasn't clear to me how this should work in general. Perhaps it should 
be documented and/or generalized.

> (This was for Alois Treindl.  You had written his surename wrong
> in a comment in the patch you posted last / a few hours ago.)

Thanks for mentioning this. I see I've made this mistake on multiple 
occasions. My apologies. Proposed patch attached, and installed into the 
development repository.
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