Time Libraries Rough Draft

Aaron Denney wnoise at ofb.net
Mon Feb 14 04:17:45 EST 2005

On 2005-02-14, Ashley Yakeley <ashley at semantic.org> wrote:
> In article <1827606008 at web.de>, "Udo Stenzel" <u.stenzel at web.de> wrote:
>> And what would you do with the "UTCTime", whatever that is?  You
>> can't do arithmetic on it, because that is full of surprises, not only
>> around leap seconds, but also around leap hours and days.
> Leap hours and days?

*shrug*.  Maybe he means the shifts that happen in localtime due to
daylight savings time, for the first, and the February 29th that happens
in leap years.  Not that those are represented or make a difference in

Udo, you really need to read the entire (long, yes) discussion in order
to make useful comments.  UTCTime is essentially just a count of seconds
passed since the Unix Epoch of Jan 1 1970.

One very important thing that UTCTime is used for is to represent
unix (and a whole host of derived systems and programs) timestamps.

Aaron Denney

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