Re: Predictable Internet Time

Tony Finch <dot@dotat.at> Wed, 04 January 2017 00:13 UTC

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Joe Touch <touch@isi.edu>; wrote:

>

> You're right; I got it backwards. Except it admits it's an
> approximation:
> "A value that approximates the number of seconds that have
> elapsed since
> the Epoch."



Thank you :-)



This kind of confusion is why leap seconds don't work in practice.



> However, when you are computing epoch time from UTC, you'd have to

> account for the leap seconds since epoch to correct for the difference
> in actual elapsed seconds.



POSIX and NTP say you aren't allowed to account for leap seconds when
computing seconds since the epoch from UTC.


Tony.

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