System.Time.Clock Design Issues

Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk qrczak at
Thu Feb 3 12:57:27 EST 2005

Aaron Denney <wnoise at> writes:

>> It's not clear what POSIX should have done.
> Yes, it is.  Monotonic consistently scaled time is far more important
> than future conversions to UTC.

"Future" becomes "past" as time passes. IMHO it's more important to
have rules which don't change every few months than to have a uniform
clock speed.

The choice "let time_t represent TAI" would not have been a viable
alternative for POSIX without introducing some machinery for
maintaining the leap second table, because people use local time
which is derived from UTC for displaying the time.

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