FreeBSD handles leapsecond correctly

Colin Percival cperciva at
Mon Jan 2 14:43:54 PST 2006

Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <20060102221948.EBE475D09 at>, "Kevin Oberman" writes:
>>Leap years are an artifact of a lousy calendar that has origins over 2
>>millennia ago. Many calendars have been proposed which fix this, but
>>calendar reform is simply not going to happen in our society, but leap
>>years are a known, non-varying and trivially calculable issue. No magic
>>and trivial to handle.
> Interestingly, the main reason why calendar reform is a no-talk
> issue seems to be that The Vatican owns the standardization area
> of calendars because they have written all (relevant) standards for
> the area in the past.

Didn't the EU come up with the Feb 24 -> Feb 29 leap day change?

Anyway, the Vatican certainly hasn't produced all the standards for our
calendar -- they may have owned the calendar recently, but before their
days it was mangled by Roman emperors, and I believe that it originated
about 4000 years before that, along the banks of the Nile.

Colin Percival

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