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Re: leap second



What's the big deal?  Why would you have to update everything?  All
you do is add an extra second to your system clock at the end of June
and be done with it.  Or you don't.  Big deal.

kai@khms.westfalen.de (Kai Henningsen) writes:

> bruce@pixar.com (Bruce Perens)  wrote on 18.06.97 in <m0weQ0r-00IrYAC@golem.pixar.com>:
> 
> > The time is out of joint, o 'cursed spite.
> >
> > The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology will set it right
> > on June 30, at one second before midnight UTC, by adding a leap second.
> > Systems that run on POSIX time will ignore this. The effect is that they
> > will consider the difference between the epoch and now to be 22 seconds
> > less than it really is.
> 
> We already had this debate. For an OS, the POSIX time is the only  
> reasonable choice.
> 
> Consider a system using "real" time. On June 31, its idea of time would be  
> wrong until the next software upgrade. Then, all time stamps would  
> suddenly change by one second (possibly causing FTP server remirroring and  
> other unpleasant effects).
> 
> This is completely unacceptable. OS time must be predictable.

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