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Re: RFC 99 (v3) Standardize ALL Perl platforms on UNIX epoch

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Chris Nandor
September 14, 2000 08:38
Re: RFC 99 (v3) Standardize ALL Perl platforms on UNIX epoch
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At 11:15 -0400 2000.09.14, Charles Lane wrote:
>I've been in the Epoch !=0 mode and it sucked.  I vote for Epoch=0 as
>the default.

Well, Perl is about making things easy.  What is the most common case,
needing an arbitrary value of time that may or may not be used to transfer
between platforms, or needing a value of time that is specific to a given

As noted, I can rarely rely on the Mac value anyway, since it changes with
time zone.  And I cannot think of a time when I have needed the actual Mac
value to communicate with another Mac process or library.  If the Perl
epoch were used for MacPerl, I don't think I would _ever_ need to get the
Mac OS epoch (though I would certainly want it available if necessary).  I
can't say the same for VMS, or for other Mac users.

Chris Nandor            
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