iarnell at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 00:32:40 UTC 2012
On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Zefram <zefram at fysh.org> wrote:
> Hi, I'd like to establish what's going to happen about packaging my CPAN
> module Time::OlsonTZ::Data for OS distros. I'm writing to (as far as I
> can tell) the current Debian and Fedora maintainers of DateTime::TimeZone
> packages, and I'm CCing the relevant perl.org mailing list. We're now
> getting close to replacing the current DateTime::TimeZone with a
> rewrite that will use Time::OlsonTZ::Data as its source of Olson-derived
> timezone data.
I only hope that "close" means summer or winter - not the busy periods.
> Iain Arnell raised an issue about T:OTZ:D not
> coming in a true source form. I've got a new
> version of the wrapper system that I think resolves this.
> <http://www.fysh.org/~zefram/tmp/Time-OlsonTZ-Data-0.20120201.tar.gz> is
> a test version of the module distribution, which bundles (the important
> parts of) the Olson database source, and the automation to build the
> tzfiles, as well as bundling the prebuilt tzfiles. I can't not bundle
> the tzfiles, because this has to support Perl users in places where the
> Olson build code can't be used (because it's Unix-specific and requires
> a C compiler), but you can now throw away the tzfiles and build from
> proper source. This version of the module should be a better base from
> which to customise the module, where you need to. Please let me know
> what you think of this arrangement.
I'm in the middle of moving house at the minute, so won't be able to
take a proper look until the weekend. But this certainly seems to be
the right way to keep everyone happy at the minor cost of a slightly
larger download. Definitely wouldn't be a problem for Fedora to ditch
the binary tzfiles and rebuild. But your final paragraph is even more
> I'll be releasing a new version of T:OTZ:D every time there's a new
> Olson database release, as I have done for the past year and a half.
> (The current version of DateTime::TimeZone is also on this release
> schedule, but the rewrite won't be, having delegated the volatility
> to T:OTZ:D.) Sometimes Olson database updates are urgent, requiring
> promulgation on a timescale of days, and T:OTZ:D updates will inherit
> that urgency. In Debian, T:OTZ:D ought to be handled through the
> volatile-data mechanism. Is that OK? In Fedora, I don't know what you
> do for such things. Please discuss.
Fedora doesn't have a specific mechanism for volatile updates, but
there's usually no problem making DT:TZ or tzdata updates available
within a few days if necessary. The real issue is with our Enterprise
cousin that never receives DT:TZ updates.
> Somewhat interacting with the above, you have the option to apply the
> T:OTZ:D automation to a new version of the Olson database independently
> of my releases. Iain Arnell suggested extending the existing tzdata
> package to build a matching Time/OlsonTZ/Data.pm this way, not needing
> a separate package for the module. You'd also have it point at your
> existing tzfiles in /usr/share/zoneinfo, rather than having a separate
> copy. That's quite feasible with the new form of the module distribution.
Bingo! I know you'd prefer that T:OTZ:D contains the canonical
upstream data, but having it as part of the system-wide tzdata package
makes things simpler and more consistent for distros where tzdata is
generally kept up to date (hopefully, RHEL7 will then have a usable
DT:TZ - even if the rest of the perl stack ends up woefully outdated).
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