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Re: Summary of the 2038 BoF at DC17




On Sat, Sep 02, 2017 at 12:58:54AM +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> What's the problem?
> -------------------
> 
> UNIX time_t is 31 bits (signed), counting seconds since Jan 1,
> 1970. It's going to wrap.. It's used *everywhere* in UNIX-based
> systems. Imagine the effects of Y2K, but worse.

> Glibc is the next obvious piece of the puzzle - almost everything
> depends on it. Planning is ongoing at
> 
>   https://sourceware.org/glibc/wiki/Y2038ProofnessDesign
> 
> to provide 64-bit time_t support without breaking the existing 32-bit
> code.

I find it strange that you don't mention x32 anywhere.  Dealing with
assumptions that time_t = long was the majority of work with this port; a
lot of software still either did not apply submitted patches or accepted
only dumb casts to (long) instead of a proper y2038-proof solution.


Meow!
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