F-ckin Leap Seconds, how do they work?

Chris Adams cmadams at hiwaay.net
Wed Jul 4 00:26:48 UTC 2012

Once upon a time, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> said:
> UTC (and the system clock) should not move backwards, but, rather they repeat
> second 59. UTC goes 58->59->00 most of the time, but during a leap second, it
> should go 58->59->59->00). It's not so much going backwards as dropping a chime.

That would be true if the highest resolution clock was one second, but
that's not the case.  Anything that uses gettimeofday() sees time
repeat (which means it counts up to 59.999999 seconds and then goes back
to 59.000000).
Chris Adams <cmadams at hiwaay.net>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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