FreeBSD handles leapsecond correctly

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at
Mon Jan 2 14:52:07 PST 2006

In message <43B9AC92.2020400 at>, Colin Percival writes:
>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

Notice the telltale use of the "(relevant)" on my explanation :-)
> -- they may have owned the calendar recently, but before their
>days it was mangled by Roman emperors, 

Remember that the Pope is legally the successor in interest (Pontifex
Maximus) of the empire of Rome (which is different from (both of!)
the Roman empires).

> and I believe that it originated
>about 4000 years before that, along the banks of the Nile.

That is less relevant, the question is if whoever touched it last
still reads their mail.


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