City list in Anaconda and gnome-maps

Bastien Nocera bnocera at
Tue Mar 31 10:31:43 UTC 2015

----- Original Message -----
> Since the subject of gnome-maps is current right now ...
> When I installed Fedora 21, I was mildly piqued that I couldn't choose
> Montreal, home for me.
> According to the online Fedora Documentation, section 5.4.3 (1), "The
> list of cities and regions comes from the Time Zone Database (tzdata)
> public domain, which is maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers
> Authority (IANA). The Fedora Project can not add cities or regions into
> this database."
> Ok, grumble grumble, I used to be able to choose Montreal in Anaconda.
> I chose New York, about 595km away; I could have chosen Toronto at about
> 542km away.
> After install gnome-maps today, I opened it and it immediately displayed
> a map of New York City, presumably since gnome-maps looked up my city
> location, which I entered in Anaconda,

You don't enter your city in Anaconda, it's the timezone.

> found New York, and displayed a
> pin over New York City.

And gnome-maps doesn't
read it, it uses geoip to the Mozilla servers:

I'm pretty sure that the timezone is used as a fallback.

> I assume that /usr/share/zoneinfo/ is populated from the Time Zone
> Database; the files for the various regions are a little bit text and
> apparently a good amount of binary.  Is there a way for the common user
> to populate this directory with custom entries?

Grab the tzdata source, and have fun.

But, FWIW, this is useless work. Copying America/NewYork to America/Montreal
will have a similar effect (adds an entry which won't be accepted upstream).

> More generally, is there a way to specify a closer city in the settings
> so that a user gets a ballpark useful starting location if their
> hometown or metropolitan area isn't in the list mentioned above?

Anaconda could use libgweather which contains this information, but it does not.

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