Re: Remaining critical bugs (IMHO)
On Tue, 29 Apr 1997, Bruce Perens wrote:
> 21 leap-seconds have been added since 1970. Debian takes them into account,
> while POSIX does not. The result is that Debian thinks there have been
> 21 more seconds between New Years Day 1970 and now than Solaris does. If you
> set the time(0) time to be any arbitrary value, Debian should be 21 seconds
> behind Solaris when it displays the local time.
> Unfortunately, various things break. ext2fs validation software, network
> time daemons, etc. So we have little choice but to do it the POSIX way.
> About the best thing we can do to explain it is to say that POSIX time
> is counting the time since 00:21 Jan 1 1970 GMT, and keep incrementing
> that number as leap-seconds are added.
> I think POSIX was rather arrogant in intentionally codifying this
AFAIK Fernando Alegre is currently maintaing the timezone package. I've
just seen that there are 23 open bug reports against it and a search
through my mail folders showed that the last message from Fernando is from
Does anyone know if he is still with us?
Note that "timezone" has "Priority: required" and as such _everyone_ will
have this package installed by default. IMHO this _is_ release critical if
we consider 23 open bug reports...
Thanks for your time,
-- _,, Christian Schwarz
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