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You'd make a mistake if you think the 2038 problem will magically resolve itself if time_t is suddenly a 64 bit integer. If it were that simple, wouldn't you think many operating systems already had done so? Some obvious problems:
  • Unless all systems switch from 32 bit time_t to 64 bit time_t at the same time, you will have problems when two systems share information (say, using NFS).
  • Modyfing your OS to use a 64 bit time_t doesn't magically change your data. Your file system uses 32 bit timestamps. What do you think would happen if you upgrade your OS to use 64 bit time_t, and it starts assuming your inodes are 12 bytes longer?

2038 is not going to be disaster, unless too many will think that just upgrading to a 64 bit time_t will magically solve all problems. (If it were that simple, we could have let localtime() return a 4 digit year to avoid Y2K.)

Some time ago, I saw the timetable SUN is going to use to introduce a 64 bit time_t value. It's going to be a 10+ year traject.


In reply to Re: 2038 bug by Abigail-II
in thread 2038 bug by toma

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