1e27ed2014-09-04Henrik Grubbström (Grubba) Contributing to the tz code and data The time zone database is by no means authoritative: governments change timekeeping rules erratically and sometimes with little warning, the data entries do not cover all of civil time before 1970, and undoubtedly errors remain in the code and data. Feel free to fill gaps or fix mistakes, and please email improvements to tz@iana.org for use in the future. To email small changes, please run a POSIX shell command like 'diff -u old/europe new/europe >myfix.patch', and attach myfix.patch to the email. For more-elaborate changes, please read the Theory file and browse the mailing list archives <http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/> for examples of patches that tend to work well. Ideally, additions to data should contain commentary citing reliable sources as justification. Please submit changes against either the latest release in <ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/> or the master branch of the experimental Git repository. If you use Git the following workflow may be helpful: * Copy the experimental repository. git clone https://github.com/eggert/tz.git cd tz * Get current with the master branch. git checkout master git pull * Switch to a new branch for the changes. Choose a different branch name for each change set. git checkout -b mybranch * Edit source files. Include commentary that justifies the changes by citing reliable sources. * Debug the changes, e.g.: make check make install ./zdump -v America/Los_Angeles * For each separable change, commit it in the new branch, e.g.: git add northamerica git commit See recent 'git log' output for the commit-message style. * Create patch files 0001-*, 0002-*, ... git format-patch master * After reviewing the patch files, send the patches to tz@iana.org for others to review. git send-email master * Start anew by getting current with the master branch again (the second step above). Please do not create issues or pull requests on GitHub, as the proper procedure for proposing and distributing patches is via email as illustrated above.
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