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Re: Data updates in debian packages

On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 4:36 AM, Ole Streicher wrote:

> The canonical source for leap seconds is the IERS. Our current plan was
> to take the leap second list from there and build our package from this
> (as it is done in the casacore-data upstream). This guaranteed that we
> always have the actual definition (... as long as we do our updated
> package ASAP).
> When we switch that to tzdata, then we get the leap second from a place
> that is not strictly the original source, but may have some delay: first
> the tzdata upstream package needs to be updated, and then it needs to be
> packaged (... and possibly backported).
> So my question is: how safe is it to assum that this whole process is
> quick (let's say: a few weeks)? If someone works later on Stretch and
> has an outdated leap second, this could cause problems. Especially if he
> has no direct information about the actuality of the leap second
> definition (which he would have in the case of an leap second package
> taking the value directly from IERS -- we could use the date of the
> announcement as version number there).

Where does the IERS data come from?

I think the tzdata version of the data comes from the IETF:


I would suggest discussing it with the tzdata maintainer and tzdata
upstream. It may be that you end up packaging the leap seconds data in
a new package, or it may be that you end up leaving them in the tzdata



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