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Re: Remaining critical bugs (IMHO)

Mark Eichin <eichin@cygnus.com> writes:

> One way to deal with this might be to provide the non-posix behavior
> as an alternate time zone or set of time zone files.

That is, in fact, the way it is done on most Unices and on the Debian
timezone package up until a few version ago.  All the files in
/usr/lib/zoneinfo were replicated under a `right' directory, but with
the leapsecond corrections.  There was also a posix symlink which
pointed back to the current directory.

I, for example, could then set my timezone to US/Central or
right/US/Central or posix/US/Central.  The first and third of these
would have the same effect.

/usr/doc/zoneinfo/README.debian still documents this.  The decision to
make the default timezones be the right ones (right is then the
symlink to the current directory, and posix is the one with the huge
tree) is debatable, but the decision to remove the other tree is
definitely bad.

This whole discussion is dated.  The timezone package is already
obsolete in hamm.  libc6 provides a timezones package which does the
correct thing - use the POSIX timezones by default and provide the
right ones under a `right' tree.


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