[LEAPSECS] postmortem, specifics of fails

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Sun Jul 1 11:07:25 EDT 2012

It's nice to see professional journalists chasing the stories of fail

Things that happened before the leap second

a linux kernel bug was noted in March
reports indicate that not all vendors implemented this fix

Redhat initially believed that RHEL6 was not affected, but newer ones were
I'm not sure if the complaints about JVMs are disambiguated from kernels.
But they later discovered that running NTP could cause a livelock
before the leap second
and their fix seems to be

The reports about Debian squeeze started well before the leap second
and are also related to the NTP leap flag

Things that happened at the leap second

java virtual machines and mysql seemed unhappy.
It isn't clear whether it was one of those or the two together.
They were fixed by setting the system date to the current date.

There were also reports of problems with ruby, but I have not seen
details of the kernel version, NTP config, or coexistence of mysql.

linux system logs showed issues with futex

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