Re: projected life of the ext2 filesystem format
firstname.lastname@example.org (Marcelo E. Magallon) wrote on 27.01.98 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.980127131517.3627Aemail@example.com>:
> On 27 Jan 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > ext2 uses _unsigned_ 32-bit words for time, so it will survive until about
> > 2106. At that point you'll have to back up and reformat.
> Ok, I have scheduled that. Now, where can I keep my schedule to prevent it
> from getting lost for the next 107 years, hmmm...
> Question: does this mean that a file can't have its creation date before
> 1970? But the system date can be set before 1970? I hate this stupid
> limitations on Linux! ;-)
It does - which means that Bruce's interpretation is wrong, because I do
have files with dates of 1969 on my disk (and so has everybody who
Of course, in reality, it's irrelevant what ext2 uses (so long as it's 32
bits), because ext2 doesn't interpret those dates. Linux, OTOH, does.
Which means reformat in 2038.
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