[LEAPSECS] What's the point?
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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