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SubjectRe: time_t size: The year 2038 bug?
Hannu Savolainen wrote:
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> Another approach is making time_t to be 32 bit unsigned int which gives
> about 70 more years.

ANSI/ISO C defines time_t as a signed arithmetic type, so
such a change would break correct code.

Note that the use of types not listed in the standard
as the base type for time_t will also break correct code.
This includes _long _long.

Personally, I'd wait for the new ISO C's "long long" type
and use that as the base type of time_t. This would be 64
bits on a 32 bit architecture.

doug@springer.net wrote:
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> Why the heck can't we just fix the issue now?

Fixing the problem now requires increasing the size of "long"
where it is currently 32 bits. This probably isn't a good idea.

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