[LEAPSECS] No leapseconds on trains

Paul J. Ste. Marie paul_j at ste-marie.org
Thu Nov 17 06:30:14 EST 2011

On 11/17/2011 3:20 AM, Poul-Henning Kamp allegedly wrote:

> Definition

> A structured type expressing the absolute time in number

> of seconds since Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC), 00:00:00,

> 1st January 1970

This is abundantly clear--and leap-seconds are irrelevant, since they're
a formatting convention. Absolute number of SI seconds since
1970-01-01Z00:00:00 doesn't change with or without leap-seconds.

> (Unix and ANSI-C format).

but if they mean POSIX.1 by that, and not the rather loose original
definition, that's quite explicitly not the number of seconds.

> In other words: No leap-seconds on trains.

Do you believe the sentence or the parentheses?


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