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SubjectAdditional interface to kernel timekeeping for leapsecond clarity
Dear all,

I'm writing because I'm interested in adding a system call to linux
and other free operating systems that will return the current time in
a structure that will include a flag for whether or not there is a
leap second when the result is taken. While adjtimex exists, it's a
very heavy interface to this functionality. This is necessary for
computing the Modified Julian Day+microseconds since midnight in
userspace, something of interest for roughtime.

ntp_gettimex doesn't quite do this either: the TAI offset doesn't let
one compute the Modified Julian day without an almanac. To the best of
my knowledge this doesn't exist yet, but I would be happy to be proven

Adding this would make it possible to adapt userspace to the harsh
realities of UTC.

Watson Ladd

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