Re: leap second
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Goerzen) wrote on 20.06.97 in <email@example.com>:
> 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.
That's when you use POSIX time. I said POSIX time was the way to go,
So-called "real" (or was it "right"?) time is the problem, because the
machine has to *know* about all leap seconds to get it right. With POSIX
time, there's no need to know anything about leap seconds - which, after
all, are completely unpredictable.
Also, non-POSIX time gets you the dreaded "timezone differs by a non-
integral amount of minutes from GMT" (or whatever the exact wording is)
from 822-date when you try to do a dpkg-buildpackage.
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