[Nottingham] A Linux Year 2K9 bug! (now fixed)

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Tue Apr 14 14:41:19 UTC 2009

Well, well, well, who would have guessed...

It wasn't only Zunes
( http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/12/31/1428254&tid=128 )
that were falling over themselves over an extra second in the year:

Bug: Status/Summary of slashdot leap-second crash on new years 2008-2009

Linas Vepstas wrote at about 21:49:53 -0600 on Friday, January 2, 2009:
  > 2009/1/2 Linas Vepstas <linasvepstas <at> gmail.com>:
  > > Slashdot reported a story of Linux machines crashing on New years eve.
  > FYI, Looks like the bug has been found, and theres a patch!
  > http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/1/2/389
  > --linas

As the OP, good to know that all those who said "it's just a
coincidence that your machine that has been rock stable for 6 years
just happened to crash at midnight GMT when the leap second was
inserted..." were wrong :)

Thanks for the good follow-up and detective work.
Hopefully, it's not too late for Fedora to provide the patch before
support for Fedora 8 expires on the 7th...

Curse those darn deadlocks!...

As multiple processor systems become ever more elaborate and ever more 
common, perhaps there is now a greater need brewing for something 
HURD-like (but workable)?

( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Hurd )


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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