Re: Conversion errors for datetime fields

From: Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Conversion errors for datetime fields
Date: 2000-12-29 01:39:01
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* Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> [001228 11:33]:
> Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org> writes:
> > Aren't we *REQUIRED* by SQL99 to accept up to :61 to account for
> > leap seconds?
> 60, maybe --- I have not looked at the SQL spec. 61 is a widely
> repeated mistake; there never have been and never will be two leap
> seconds in the same minute (cf. NTP spec, RFC1305, esp. appendix E).
> But in reality, since we are using Unix-based timekeeping which does not
> cope with leap seconds, it is pointless to consider :60 as meaning a
> leap second. I think it's better to continue to regard it as an error.
> The only other thing we could do with it is treat 00:00:60 as meaning
> the same as 00:01:00, which is not really correct behavior.
Looking at Page 166 of "SQL-99 Complete, Really" by Peter Gulutzan &
Trudy Peltzer, R&D Books, ISBN 0-87930-568-1, 1st bullet:

" First the Standard *REQUIRES* a DBMS to extend the range of
seconds-field values to ''less than 62'' (rather than ''less than
60'') and thus account for up to 2 positive leap seconds. (There is a
GOTCHA here: leap seconds should always be for the last minute of a
day as in TIME '23:59:60', but the Standard allows erroneous values
like TIME '12:34:60'.)" Emphasis on requires is mine.

So, here we have the SQL-99 standard requiring the behaviour.

So, what do the assembled coders/experts think?


> regards, tom lane
Larry Rosenman
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