[ntp:questions] Re: Leap second talks are postponed

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Mon Nov 21 15:13:48 UTC 2005


You are gloriously misinformed. The NTP daemon does not do leap seconds; 
the kernel does. NTP is not good or bad, just the messenger. However, 
the model now used in FreeBSD, Solaris, Linux and Tru64 is derived from 
my code as described on the NTP project page. You get to smear me in the 
media based on that model, not NTP. There is no step change in that 
model, just stopping the clock for the leap second, but allowing forward 
progress to conform to the correctness assertions.


David J Taylor wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
> []
>>How many systems do not handle leap seconds correctly?  I would expect
>>most of the major operating systems, with the possible exception of
>>Windows, to handle leap seconds properly.
> Windows W32time appears to handle leap seconds better than NTP on Windows 
> right now, according to earlier discussions - it avoids the step change.
> David 

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