[tz] (topic drift) leap second theory

Howard Hinnant howard.hinnant at gmail.com
Sun Aug 18 17:42:38 UTC 2019

On Aug 18, 2019, at 1:36 PM, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> Howard Hinnant wrote:
>> I am working with them in the hopes of getting them to publis the IANA leapseconds information in_some_  form (the “right” subtree being one of those possible forms, the leapseconds source file being another).
> I suggest the latter, as it's a lot smaller and less likely to go wrong.

That’s my hope as well.

> Red Hat distributes /usr/share/zoneinfo/leapseconds, whereas Ubuntu distributes /usr/share/zoneinfo/leap-seconds.list.

Thanks, I didn’t know this.

> These have the same leap-second info but use different formats; leapseconds is input suitable for zic, whereas leap-seconds.list is the format that the NIST uses. I don't know why GNU/Linux distributions differ in this area. I hope Apple chooses one format or the other rather than going their own way.

<fingers crossed!>


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