Re: Linux in the news

From: Bruce Guenter <bruce.guenter_at_no.spam.please>
Date: Tue Aug 18 1998 - 09:11:34 CST

On Mon, Aug 17, 1998 at 10:10:16AM -0600, TIm Schneider wrote:
> Hi Bruce, Just got this message - hoidays and all. Could you clarify the year 2036 problem please. Was that a typo for the year 2000 problem??

On UNIX systems, time is represented as the number of seconds from 12:00
midnight January 1st 1970 (referred to as the "UNIX epoch"). Using a
32-bit signed integer, this value will wrap around some time in the year
2036 IIRC. Using 64-bit signed integer (which is how it's done on any
64-bit platform: Alpha, UltraSparc, MIPS R4000 or later), it will not
wrap around until after our sun has burned out.

Bruce Guenter, QCC Communications Corp.
Saskatoon Linux Group Mailing List.
To unsubscribe, send mail to
'' with
'unsubscribe' in the body.
Received on Tue Aug 18 09:11:34 1998

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Sun Jan 09 2005 - 13:53:57 CST