Portable general timestamp format, not 2038-limited

Dr.Ruud rvtol+news at isolution.nl
Wed Jul 4 02:14:14 CEST 2007

Peter J. Holzer schreef:

> Since a day with a leap second has 86401 seconds (or 86399, but that
> hasn't happened yet)

Many systems allow a seconds value of 0..61, so minutes (actually
months) with two leap seconds are foreseen.

A leap second may be introduced at the end of any month, the preferred
dates are at the end of June and the end of December.

At the estimated rate of decrease, the earth would lose about 1/2 day
after 4,000 years, and about two leap seconds a
month would be needed to keep UTC in step with Earth time, UT1.


Affijn, Ruud

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