Leap Seconds

Peter Simons simons at cryp.to
Sun Nov 16 00:36:05 EST 2003

Ashley Yakeley writes:

 > How do you intend to keep the leap second table up to
 > date?

You could run an automated cron job (or whatever your OS
uses for these purposes) and update it automatically from

Or, if your OS supports the mechanisms described in
leap seconds will be announced to the OS by the Network Time
Protocol daemon.

Or one could argue that this problem is beyond the scope of
a "programming language" and that the users are on their
own. I'm sure the vast majority of the population _will_
survive, even if their computer system misses a leap second.
OK, maybe not the vast majority ...

But what the heck, this planet is too crowded anyway. :-)


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