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Bug#271428: Processed: your mail

On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 09:19:42PM +0900, GOTO Masanori wrote:
At Sat, 25 Sep 2004 07:23:27 -0400,
Michael Stone wrote:
No, not date. date has nothing to do with this, it's a libc function
(which is why it's reassigned to libc). I fully agree that *libc* should
handle the case differently, it's been confusing users for years.

Did you read my mail?

Yes, and it's not the first time you send a mail with no interest in
people's legitimate concerns without offering a rationale for your own

If people really want to use oddball timezones there is a simple
procedure for adding a new zoneinfo file.

Why don't you think people should check using tzselect and so on?

Because they don't. We've gotten varients of this bug on a regular basis
for years. The current situation is obviously suboptimal, and obviously
confuses our users. In general we try to write software such that if
someone makes a typo the software gives them some indication that
they've done something wrong so that they can fix it. But in this case
the software does something completely unexpected and silently gives out
unexpected data. And so far you haven't given any indication of why you
think that's a good thing and the proposed solution is a bad thing.

Mike Stone

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