Portable general timestamp format, not 2038-limited

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Mon Jul 2 02:30:43 CEST 2007


Martin Gregorie <martin at see.sig.for.address> writes:

> I've never seen Julian time used outside the world of IBM
> mainframes. I'd be interested to know who else uses it.

Systems which need to perform date+time computations into the
past. One advantage of Julian time is that it ignores the "1 BC was
immediately followed by 1 AD, there is no 0 AD" hiccup, so Julian time
allows dates to use simple arithmetic to determine the interval.

I know that PostgreSQL at least stores date values in Julian time, for
exactly this benefit.

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