Subject: Re: ROC timezone & politics?
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/24/2001 12:39:32
>> >> It seems they replace the ROC file with a link to Taipei. There's a
>> >> "Taipei" file in the patch, and this is in the pkgmap:
>> >>
>> >> 1 f none usr/share/lib/zoneinfo/Asia/Taipei 0644 root bin 268 24632 983236083
>> >> 1 l none usr/share/lib/zoneinfo/ROC=../../../../usr/share/lib/zoneinfo/Asia/Taipei
>> >
>> >Pointless. "ROC" is already a (hard) link to "Asia/Taipei".
>Wait, I think I jumped to a conclusion here. I was reading that "l"
>as a soft-link, but there's no reason to think that. Not that it
>matters. (NetBSD uses hard links in /usr/share/zoneinfo).

everyone uses hard links, as far as i know.  for one thing, that's how
zic does it and everyone uses zic.  the other thing is that symlinks
aren't needed since all the zoneinfo will be on the same filesystem.
the use of symlinks might be a little more demonstrative, but the
usual reason for symlinks isn't there.

>> but it's a hard link to something that already exists, rather than
>> existing of its own accord.  remember, this is politically motivated.
>> it doesn't have to make sense to normal people.  ;-)
>Well, I don't know what that means, but we have this already:

i was being a little facetious.  once you have a file and a hard link
to it, they're indistinguishable.  to me, the idea of a file being
replaced with a hard link to a file with a different name is silly.

>Link    Asia/Taipei             ROC
>in sharesrc/zoneinfo/backward. "ROC" is evidently the old name for the
>"Asia/Taipei" timezone.

since we're following the main tz repository changes, we've already
picked up what they did.

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