Proposal: Use time rather than old-time in directory
jon.fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon Oct 24 11:47:12 CEST 2011
Ian Lynagh <igloo at earth.li> writes:
> This proposal is to change directory to use the time package rather than
> the old-time package. This will hopefully be a significant step towards
> actually making the transition in general.
The present state of affairs annoys me every time I want to deal
with file modification times.
> I'm not sure if POSIXTime or UTCTime is the better type to use. Does
> anyone know?
I think the library definition ought not to rely on
platform-specific time representations¹. Apropos the question of
avoiding information loss, can the library have implementation
specific work-arounds? Something like on POSIX systems, have
UTCTime have an extra (secret) field that provides sufficient
information to turn it back to the system representation.
 and I’m saying this from the point of view of someone who
uses unix-type systems almost exclusively.
Jón Fairbairn Jon.Fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
http://www.chaos.org.uk/~jf/Stuff-I-dont-want.html (updated 2010-09-14)
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