Re: [LEAPSECS] What problems do leap seconds *really* create?

From: John Cowan <jcowan_at_REUTERSHEALTH.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 11:35:51 -0500 (EST)

Markus Kuhn scripsit:

> As I noted earlier, de facto and "de jure" (meaning POSIX.1:1996,
> section, any real world Unix file system (and that's where
> the term "seconds since the epoch" comes from in this context) uses a
> timestamp that counts "non-leap seconds since the epoch".

That page shows a definition of the term "seconds since the Epoch", viz.
"[a] value to be interpreted as the number of seconds between a specified
time and the Epoch."

Well, it may be "to be interpreted" as such a value, but it is *not* such
a value. As of this writing, its value on my machine is 1043944376, but
that does not mean, or so it seems, that 1043944376 s have elapsed since
the Epoch.

De plichten van een docent zijn divers,         John Cowan
die van het gehoor ook.               
      --Edsger Dijkstra               
Received on Thu Jan 30 2003 - 08:36:11 PST

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