Time zone abbreviations missing for multiple time zones after update to timezone-2017a or later

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Several time zones that used to be represented by an abbreviation are now represented by an offset to UTC, for example:
$ TZ="Asia/Singapore" date
Thu Sep 27 21:02:16 +08 2018
this was formerly:
$ TZ="Asia/Singapore" date
Thu Sep 27 21:02:16 SGT 2018



To avoid conflicts between informal and newly introduced official abbreviations, the IANA timezone data maintainers removed all time zone abbreviations that are not backed by laws or governmental and standardization bodies, starting with the 2017a release of tz code and data. This is documented in the release notes of the 2017a IANA tz code and data release.

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  • Document ID:7023384
  • Creation Date: 27-Sep-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
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