Time to slow down and be more careful

Eric S. Raymond esr at thyrsus.com
Tue Apr 18 21:49:43 UTC 2017

Gary E. Miller <gem at rellim.com>:
> Gentoo 32 bit uses timespec(64).  But not all distros do, and POSIX does
> not mandate it.  POSIX just says time_t is a signed integer.

I'm aware of this.

> FreeBSD 8 defines time_t as int32_t.
> QNX 6 also hass 32 bit time_t.
> I'm happy to EOL any OS that still uses 32 bit time_t.  If we do so we
> just need to be explicit about it.  Then we have no remaining 32 bit
> only problems.

I don't think we need to pull that trigger yet. I think there won't
be any problem pulling it within a few yeas of 2038.  Everybody else
can see that cliff coming, and nobody wants to ship an OS that goes
pear-shaped on rollover day.
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