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Re: projected life of the ext2 filesystem format



> mmagallo@efis.ucr.ac.cr (Marcelo E. Magallon)  wrote on 27.01.98 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.980127131517.3627A-100000@simula.efis.ucr.ac.cr>:
> 
> > On 27 Jan 1998 bruce@va.debian.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  
> installed doc-rfc).

Does it? Mine only date back to 1973.

$ ls -dalRtr `dpkg -L doc-rfc` |head -n 10
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         1857 May  1  1973 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc527.txt
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         1588 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc653.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         1881 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc654.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         1880 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc655.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         1642 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc656.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         1868 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc657.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         2107 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc652.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         2197 Oct 25  1974 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc658.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         2100 Jul 23  1975 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc698.txt.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         9954 Mar  8  1977 /usr/doc/doc-rfc/all-rfcs/rfc726.txt.gz


ii  doc-rfc         1997.10-1      Important RFCs

-- 
joost witteveen, joostje@debian.org

The upstream maintainer is allowed to do things different 
than Debian, but only if he has good reasons to do so.


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