[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Paul Sheer p at 2038bug.com
Thu Feb 10 19:14:11 EST 2011


> It's been a while... Can you remind me why we will need to continue

> to pretend that there are 86400 SI seconds in a day, past the time

> when there are actually 86401 (or more)?


Why is because there is a semi-infinite number of existing
lines of code, right now in use, that calculate the day from
the second and visa-versa using,

d = t / 86400
t = d * 86400

they do this for reasons of a) expediency b) interoperability,
and c) conformance to POSIX v3.


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