Eric S. Raymond esr at thyrsus.com
Sat Apr 22 22:41:56 UTC 2017

Gary E. Miller <gem at rellim.com>:
> Yo Hal!
> On Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:09:18 -0700
> Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net> wrote:
> > The code in step_systime() is really really ugly.  (to my eye)
> Look at how it was, before Eric reverted my code.  I think that
> is clean, but further suggestions welcome.  Eric asked no on e touch
> that until he reviewed it again.

It is indeed extremely ugly.  We inherited that, and as has been already
demonsteated attempting to fix it is risky.  I pan to do some refactoring
that will at least reduce the ugliness.

> > It starts by computing the pivot.  It gets the build time as a broken
> > down struct, subtracts 10 years, converts back to a time_t.  All that
> > can be precomputed.
> And unnecessary.

Probably.  But we need to be solw and careful here.

> > Does the 10 year step back make any sense?
> What ten yeaer step back?

I don't see that either.  Have you noticed someting we didn't?
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