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Re: Bug#417261: dch: please use dates in UTC



On Monday 02 April 2007 14:11, Christoph Berg wrote:
> Re: Robert Millan 2007-04-02 <20070402113723.GA24484@aragorn>
>
> > > > Since dates written to changelogs are going to be read by people all
> > > > over the world, IMHO it is better if these dates are in UTC to make
> > > > it easier to figure out when it was uploaded in comparison to other
> > > > events (such as the upload of a related package, etc).
> > >
> > > This is a nice idea.  I think it should also be discussed on
> > > debian-devel and debian-policy.
>
> Oh no, please don't. The timezone is included in the timestamp, so it
> is *meant* to be a local timestamp.
>
> I like it that way because that adds some personal touch about the
> place the upload was made from.

Also, using UTC-only destroys information, which is generally a Bad Thing, 
IMHO. Recalculating the timestamp to UTC or your own time zone isn't that 
hard, and can be done programmatically.

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