[ntp:questions] Leap seconds
brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Mon Jan 24 23:04:07 UTC 2005
At 1:36 PM -0800 2005-01-24, mayer at gis.net wrote:
> NTP is the one that decides how much to change the clock and
> tells the O/S. Moving the clock backward by 1 second, which is
> in effect what a leap-second does, can have major negative effects
> on systems that depend on the time being a monotonically increasing
A leap second would never cause the time to be moved backwards.
A leap second shouldn't ever cause the time to be jumped forwards,
either. It should simply result in an extra second that occurs
during that minute.
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