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* README, tz-link.htm: Mention instead of
Suggest --retr-symlinks, since has symlinks to latest.
* README: Add a title line.
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+README for the tz distribution
This file is in the public domain, so clarified as of
2009-05-17 by Arthur David Olson.
@@ -39,9 +41,9 @@ tz distribution on a GNU/Linux or similar host.
mkdir tz
cd tz
- wget '*.tar.gz'
- gzip -dc tzcode*.tar.gz | tar -xf -
- gzip -dc tzdata*.tar.gz | tar -xf -
+ wget --retr-symlinks '*-latest.tar.gz'
+ gzip -dc tzcode-latest.tar.gz | tar -xf -
+ gzip -dc tzdata-latest.tar.gz | tar -xf -
Be sure to read the comments in "Makefile" and make any changes needed
to make things right for your system, especially if you are using some
@@ -79,7 +81,7 @@ Michael Bloom, Art Neilson, Stephen Prince, John Sovereign, and Frank Wales
for testing work, and to Gwillim Law for checking local mean time data.
None of them are responsible for remaining errors.
-Look in the ~ftp/pub directory of
+Look in <>
for updated versions of these files.
Please send comments or information to
@@ -8,7 +8,7 @@
<meta http-equiv="Content-type" content='text/html; charset="US-ASCII"'>
<meta name="DC.Creator" content="Eggert, Paul">
<meta name="DC.Contributor" content="Olson, Arthur David">
-<meta name="DC.Date" content="2007-12-26">
+<meta name="DC.Date" content="2012-07-19">
<meta name="DC.Description"
content="Sources of information about time zones and daylight saving time">
<meta name="DC.Identifier" content="">
@@ -80,24 +80,29 @@ <h2>The <code>tz</code> database</h2>
the location's full name, e.g., <code>TZ="America/New_York"</code>.</p>
In the <code>tz</code> database's
-<a href=""><abbr
-title="File Transfer Protocol">FTP</abbr> distribution</a>
+<a href=""><abbr
+title="File Transfer Protocol">FTP</abbr> releases</a>
the code is in the file <code>tzcode<var>C</var>.tar.gz</code>,
where <code><var>C</var></code> is the code's version;
similarly, the data are in <code>tzdata<var>D</var>.tar.gz</code>,
where <code><var>D</var></code> is the data's version.
Each version is a four-digit year followed by lower-case letters
(a through z, then za through zz, then zza through zzz, and so on).
+Convenience links to
+the <a href="">latest
+code</a> and
+<a href="">latest data</a> revisions
+are also available.
The following <a
href="">shell</a> commands download
these files to a <abbr>GNU</abbr>/Linux or similar host;
see the downloaded
<code>README</code> file for what to do next.</p>
<pre style="margin-left: 2em"><code>mkdir tz
cd tz
-<a href="">wget</a> '*.tar.gz'
-<a href="">gzip</a> -dc tzcode*.tar.gz | <a href="">tar</a> -xf -
-gzip -dc tzdata*.tar.gz | tar -xf -
+<a href="">wget</a> --retr-symlinks '*-latest.tar.gz'
+<a href="">gzip</a> -dc tzcode-latest.tar.gz | <a href="">tar</a> -xf -
+gzip -dc tzdata-latest.tar.gz | tar -xf -
The code and data files can also be obtained from the
@@ -119,7 +124,7 @@ <h2>The <code>tz</code> database</h2>
href="">archive of old
messages</a> (message by message or in gzip compressed format),
or retrieve <a
-href="">archived older versions of code
+href="">archived older versions of code
and data</a>.</p>
The Web has several other sources for time zone and daylight saving time data.
@@ -135,7 +140,7 @@ <h2>Web pages using recent versions of the <code>tz</code> database</h2>
is a service for generating and viewing links that refer to a
particular point in time and can be displayed in multiple timezones.
-It uses the ruby tzinfo gem.
+It uses the ruby tzinfo gem.
(From Tim Diggins, 2009-11-03.)
<li><a href="">Date and Time Gateway</a>

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