Re: On time64 and Large File Support

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On 3/2/23 02:38, Andreas Schwab wrote:
There is a huge difference between them: time_t has a flag day, off_t

Absolutely right.

Another thing that's different is that when off_t grew in the 1990s, people said they needed a wider off_t RIGHT NOW, because programs wouldn't work on large inputs otherwise. The pressure to build with _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 was large enough that a working consensus was reached pretty quickly to build that way.

In contrast, people don't urgently need a wider time_t until 2038. So the "let's be organized about this and do things systematically" sentiment wins, and because other things take priority time_t conversion never gets done. (Or possibly the "either the platform or I will be dead by 2038 so let's do nothing" sentiment wins, which is another seemingly-good reason to do nothing....)

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