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SubjectRe: Bug: Status/Summary of slashdot leap-second crash on new years 2008-2009
2009/1/3 David Newall <davidn@davidnewall.com>:
> Robert Hancock wrote:
>> Diego Calleja wrote:
>>> How could I create a test case that reproduces what ntp does? Just add
>>> a second?
>>
>> I'd think that setting the clock to just before midnight on Dec.31 and
>> using the adjtimex syscall to set the TIME_INS state on the clock,
>> then waiting until midnight rolls around would be a reasonable test..
>
> I don't understand this idea, nor the patch for the problem. I don't
> see why adding a leap second would impact the kernel in any way.
> Shouldn't this be a simple zoneinfo change, whereby the last two seconds
> of the year (in each timezone) both map to 31dec2008 23:59:59? That's
> the way the change has worked in the real world. Why would ntp or the
> kernel be involved?

Actually, the change has worked in the real world with the
introduction of a new second named 23:59:60, or else ignoring the leap
second entirely and correcting the clock (or not) later...

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