Silly season

Alex P. Rudnev alex at virgin.relcom.eu.net
Thu Dec 23 08:53:57 UTC 1999


Existing time_t is signed. Existing programs sometimes can check (if
some_function <
0 then ERROR ). And we can predict a lot of programs refused to work since this
y2.038K at all.


On Thu, 23 Dec 1999, Richard Steenbergen wrote:

> Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 02:37:07 -0500
> From: Richard Steenbergen <ras at above.net>
> To: Wayne Bouchard <web at typo.org>
> Cc: Alex P. Rudnev <alex at virgin.relcom.eu.net>,
     Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com>, nanog at merit.edu
> Subject: Re: Silly season
> 
> On Wed, Dec 22, 1999 at 11:47:23PM -0700, Wayne Bouchard wrote:
> > 
> > > PS. Btw, do you remember the date of 2035 year when UNIX systems can face the
> > > REAL time problem? -:)
> > 
> > Well, of course, THAT one will be relatively easy to fix provided
> > someone perks up now.. Just declare the thing to be a 64 bit integer
> > and put off the problem for another couplea hundred years.
> 
> Actually a signed 64 bit time_t would last until the year 292271025015AD.
> 
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