Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 437150
tzdata needlessly requires recent glibc
Last modified: 2015-05-04 21:33:44 EDT
Description of problem:
tzdata has a BuildRequire for a recent glibc-devel. That is completely bogus --
older glibc-devel doesn't cause the build to fail, and for newer releases it
will build against new glibc-devel anyways.
This is just an inconvenience for users with older glibcs that would attempt to
use build the package for their older systems on them.
Please remove it.
glibc after indicated version contains newer zoneinfo compiler, which produces
zoneinfo data in format that 64bit machines (or, more exactly, machines with
64bit time_t) need to take care of dates beyond 2037.
That doesn't seem to be related to what did I file the bug for. Are the zoneinfo
files compiled by previous versions faulty (where faulty doesn't mean that years
after 2037 won't be taken into account correctly)?
No, absolutely not. But they are not suitable for handling post-2037 dates.
That's the reason why the require is there.
Petr: You are abusing BuildRequires for something it was never meant for -- to
enforce features. Omitting that dependency will not break anything anywhere, on
older systems it just won't take advantages it didn't exist there. There's
nothing wrong with that. Please remove it.
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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