[LEAPSECS] POSIX and C (Was: Re: ISO Influence)

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Sat Dec 25 18:04:55 EST 2010

In message <4D1676FE.32284.16EABE95 at dan.tobias.name>, "Daniel R. Tobias" writes


>So what that means is, even if you get the redefinition of UTC you're

>loudly pushing for, the legislatures of the world are free to totally

>ignore it and start using something else, sundials maybe, instead.


But given that very few, if any of these have actually legislated
about leap-seconds, yet they still apply them to their local
timescale from the underlying UTC timescale, I think we can safely
assume that they will continue to follow UTC in this respect.

The entire point of the Meter Convention and of eliminating the
leap-second hack from UTC, is that we don't need to deal with each
government one by one.


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