[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Paul Sheer p at 2038bug.com
Mon Feb 14 19:07:59 EST 2011

> Tony Finch wrote:

> > Furthermore using timezones to keep civil time in sync with

> > the sun leads to simpler software and it will work for over

> > ten thousand years.


> No. Breaking timezones on top of breaking UTC with the

> apparent motivation of allowing TAI to be "suppressed" is

> bad on top of bad on top of bad.


You two,

Have you looked at the Olson source?

If anyone is to judge how "simple" it is to fiddle with timezones,
they should first be thoroughly familiar with this C code.

In any case, whatever solution ye'all come up with should not
merely be In Principle. It should come as a patch on some real code.

There is only one way to settle this debate:


I think what you will find is that there is no technical difference
between moving leap seconds into TZ, and eliminating leap seconds and
adjusting TZ.

Perhaps it's just a matter of granularity.


"The power of the Jedi-coder flows from the SOURCE."


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