Big picture...

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Apr 18 19:06:26 UTC 2017

Hal Murray <hmurray at>:
> >> If we are using a build time, we can run an external script
> >> to generate the date in a convenient format.
> >> date -u +%s looks good to me.
> > Maybe.  Almost.  How are we going to do this under Windows?  Are we giving
> > up on a Windows port?  Because POSIX API conformance tells us we can get at
> > POSIX time froom C, but we have no guarantee that date(1) will exist. 
> Is that going to be the biggest problem with Windows?
> I know next to nothing about Windows.  Does their POSIX support include only 
> c code or will it also include shell stuff?  How many programs outside of sh 
> itself do we depend on?  Will autorevision work?  Does POSIX include a date 
> command?  ...

Hell of a can of worms, innit?

Which is in part my point...
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