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Re: Uptime question

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: Uptime question
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2023 07:20:56 +0100

> I actually thought something like the CLOCK_MONOTONIC or CLOCK_BOOTTIME were 
> used for providing uptime to the user, but those do not allow date changes.

You are assuming a certain implementation, and then thinking what properties
the program "must" have. Try thinking the other way around: What properties
the program should have, and then filter out the implementations that don't
satisfy these properties.

> I do not understand the relationship between date and boottime. Might make 
> sense for VM's, but for non-VM's I do not get it.

We did the changes
  - for year-2038 safety on Linux/{x86,arm},
  - so that it is stable across 'sudo date MMDDhhmm' invocations [2],
  - so that it doesn't display a fantasy time in VMs [1].

Even if it were only for VMs. VMs are the basis of cloud environments,
and are thus pretty important nowadays.



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