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      The 2016h release of the tz code and data is available. Its primary
      motivation is to update to the new rules for Palestine, where 2016g
      becomes incorrect starting about four hours from now (sorry, we didn't
      get much notice). More generally, the 2016h release reflects the
      following changes, which were either circulated on the tz mailing list
      or are relatively minor technical or administrative changes:

         Changes to future time stamps

           Asia/Gaza and Asia/Hebron end DST on 2016-10-29 at 01:00, not
           2016-10-21 at 00:00. (Thanks to Sharef Mustafa.) Predict that
           future fall transitions will be on the last Saturday of October
           at 01:00, which is consistent with predicted spring transitions
           on the last Saturday of March. (Thanks to Tim Parenti.)

         Changes to past time stamps

           In Turkey, transitions in 1986-1990 were at 01:00 standard time
           not at 02:00, and the spring 1994 transition was on March 20, not
           March 27. (Thanks to Kıvanç Yazan.)

         Changes to past and future time zone abbreviations

           Asia/Colombo now uses numeric time zone abbreviations like "+0530"
           instead of alphabetic ones like "IST" and "LKT". Various
           English-language sources use "IST", "LKT" and "SLST", with no
           working consensus. (Usage of "SLST" mentioned by Sadika
           Sumanapala.)

         Changes to code

           zic no longer mishandles relativizing file names when creating
           symbolic links like /etc/localtime, when these symbolic links
           are outside the usual directory hierarchy. This fixes a bug
           introduced in 2016g. (Problem reported by Andreas Stieger.)

         Changes to build procedure

           New rules 'traditional_tarballs' and 'traditional_signatures' for
           building just the traditional-format distribution. (Requested by
           Deborah Goldsmith.)

           The file 'version' is now put into the tzdata tarball too.
           (Requested by Howard Hinnant.)

         Changes to documentation and commentary

           The 'Theory' file now has a section on interface stability.
           (Requested by Paul Koning.) It also mentions features like
           tm_zone and localtime_rz that have long been supported by the
           reference code.

           tz-link.htm has improved coverage of time zone boundaries suitable
           for geolocation. (Thanks to heads-ups from Evan Siroky and Matt
           Johnson.)

           The US commentary now mentions Allen and the "day of two noons".

           The Fiji commentary mentions the government's 2016-10-03 press
           release. (Thanks to Raymond Kumar.)

      Here are links to the release files:

         ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/releases/tzcode2016h.tar.gz
         ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/releases/tzdata2016h.tar.gz
         ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/releases/tzdb-2016h.tar.lz

      The files are also available via HTTP as follows:

      http://www.iana.org/time-zones/repository/releases/tzcode2016h.tar.gz
      http://www.iana.org/time-zones/repository/releases/tzdata2016h.tar.gz
      http://www.iana.org/time-zones/repository/releases/tzdb-2016h.tar.lz

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              rpatil Ramanand Patil (Inactive)
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