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#1 Rob Fantini

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 09:56 AM


I was checking if our pro4 system would work in the year 2100 - started by changing the operating system date [ using a backup virtual system ].


2100 did not work, so changed  the date a  until i found the second things would break:

# on debian  the 'date' command sets system date
#  for red hat systems,  i am not sure which command is used

date  011822142038   
Mon Jan 18 22:14:00 EST 2038

# 1 second later:
date  011822152038
date: invalid date `011822152038'

# display the date

Fri Dec 13 15:54:20 EST 1901

so after posting to the debian forum,  i got this one line answer:




anyone with a pro4 system running on a 32-bit linux [ and perhaps windows ] system has an important issue to deal with.



NASA has lost at least one satellite - probably due to a related issue.



There are projects working on a fix for the issue. this looks promising https://github.com/e...pire/y2038/wiki


we use pro4 v4.6 on a debian 4 system , and had intended to stay with 4.6  it works perfect and our systems need few changes .


Due to this issue we will purchase a V9 pro4  and prepare to migrate if needed.


I will also try get our good old debian etch system patched .





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