[RFC 00/32] making inode time stamps y2038 ready

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at linux-m68k.org
Sat May 31 10:20:43 MDT 2014

On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 5:23 PM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de> wrote:
> On Saturday 31 May 2014 16:51:15 Richard Cochran wrote:
>> On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:01:24PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> > I picked this because it is a fairly isolated problem, as the
>> > inode time stamps are rarely assigned to any other time values.
>> > As a byproduct of this work, I documented for each of the file
>> > systems we support how long the on-disk format can work[1].
>> Why are some of the time stamp expiration dates marked as "never"?
> It's an approximation:
> with 64-bit timestamps, you can represent close to 300 billion
> years, which is way past the time that our planet can sustain
> life of any form[1].

FWIW, the 48-bit second limit of befs marked never happens sooner
than the 32-bit day limit of affs marked as Y11760870.



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