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Re: "svn diff" and "svn log" timestamp weirdness

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-09-01 03:08:26 CEST

Aaron Wood wrote:
> If so, then on unix, (If I understand 'nix time engines correctly)
> later is always later, so while the timestamp may contain a fictional
> level of accuracy, it's still precise for what it needs to be (later
> is actually later). On windows, you can actually get some really ugly
> time movements as it doesn't have "time-warping" ability that I
> beleive all 'nix variants use to keep time flowing smoothly.

There are several ways that *nix time can also jump about, too. Most *nix's can
use skew (small adjustments) to move the hardware clock in response to external
syncs, but even with xntp, you can tell it to jump instead.

See also this page:


for how localtime() and [x]ntp break during leap seconds.

The bottom line is that TAI is the only monotonically increasing time value
available and that isn't what apr_time_t is using, so there is always going to
be a certain level of uncertainty.


John Peacock
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