[LEAPSECS] Leap second to be introduced at midnight UTC December 31 this year

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Sat Jul 23 15:38:16 EDT 2016

On 22 July 2016 at 21:49, Steve Summit <scs+ls at eskimo.com> wrote:
> Stephen Colebourne:
>> My hope when I defined the Java time-scale was that eventually the
>> OS would provide it, or something very similar.
> Indeed.  I've been exploring a reasonably straightforward
> scheme to have the OS kernel keep true UTC internally, but
> report smeared Posix time_t by default, but with new way(s)
> to report and use true UTC (that is, including an unambiguous
> representation of 23:59:60Z) for those few applications that
> care.  This is essentially the scheme that Markus Kuhn described
> at https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/posix-clocks.html almost 20
> years ago.

Sounds ideal to me.


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