Re: [LEAPSECS] Stupid question from programmer: Why not just eliminate ALL UTC corrections ?

From: John.Cowan <>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 21:53:58 -0400

Mark Calabretta scripsit:
> On Thu 2005/08/04 08:18:55 +0200, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote
> in a message to: LEAPSECS_at_ROM.USNO.NAVY.MIL
> >Most if not all modern UNIXes already have the table of leapseconds.
> Without wishing to imply that the solution is so simple, your answer
> begs the question: what do you see as the principle difficulty in
> having systems use TAI internally and maintain a table of leap seconds
> for conversion to/from civil time?

The fact that most systems never get this table updated after installation.

John Cowan
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