[ntp:hackers] smearing the leap second

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sat Jul 11 03:00:46 UTC 2015

> On Jul 10, 2015, at 4:20 PM, John Stultz <john.stultz at linaro.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM, Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net> wrote:
>> Greg Troxel <gdt at ir.bbn.com> said:
>>> The thing I don't really get about the leap second debate is that we have
>>> two timescales with the two properties people want.  TAI is straightforward,
>>> with no leap seconds, monitic, etc., but not linked to UT1.  UTC has leap
>>> seconds but tracks UT1.  So if people don't like UTC, they can just use TAI.
>> No systems support TAI.  There is no API to get time in TAI.
> Linux supports CLOCK_TAI via clock_gettime().   One can also get the
> tai_offset via adjtimex().

Only if the kernel is fed the proper UTC / TAI offset.


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