[ntp:questions] Re: no more leap seconds?

David Schwartz davids at webmaster.com
Thu Aug 11 11:55:12 UTC 2005


"Casper H.S. Dik" <Casper.Dik at Sun.COM> wrote in message 
news:42fb1f9c$0$11069$e4fe514c at news.xs4all.nl...

> "David Schwartz" <davids at webmaster.com> writes:

>>    What I advocated in 1998 when people were talking about the Y2K 
>> problem
>>was a new time standard for computers that wouldn't break in 2038 and 
>>could
>>properly handle leap seconds. However, on most current operating systems,
>>it's impossible even today to build code that will work in 2070.

> Solaris 64 bit applications should withstand that test of time.
> (The current OS does not because it comes with many 32 bit
> applications, but applications build now in 64 bit mode have no
> 32 bit time issues)

    This doesn't help people who have applications that can't easily be 
ported to a 64-bit environment. However, I suppose it is good that you can 
develop new code that should stand the test of time.

    DS





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