2038 structure time_t in C

Thursday, August 22, 2013 » disaster, interesting

Today on my workplace when I was looking for some details about the well-known time_t and other data structure conversion came across this problem. I won’t say I have never heard about it or even would be a daily problem but as I am checking our systems in that year 2038 some percent of companies and so one part of programmer society will get a fix job to prepare the old running systems and programs for change. What kind of change? Here is a plain article from the Informationweek portal. Or more details on Wikipedia site.

25 years from today, January 19, 2038, at 03:14:08 UTC, an odd thing will happen to some of the no doubt very large number of computing devices in our world: an old, well-known and well-understood bug will cause their calculation of time to fail. The problem springs from the use of a 32-bit signed integer to store a time value, as a number of seconds since 00:00:00 UTC on Thursday, 1 January 1970, a practice begun in early UNIX systems with the standard C library data structure time_t. On January 19, 2038, at 03:14:08 UTC that integer will overflow, as demonstrated in this animated GIF:
Year of 2038 problem

This problem is also actually cool. When you want to earn money now (or maybe a little bit later) it is a possible chance to launch out on an enterprise that specialize to fix this kind of problem. No risk, the problem will come up. Honestly I must say before the year of 2000 was also a good chance for computer specialist to announce that our computers and programs are prepared yet for the next millenium so way get more extra fees in the pockets. I can still remember before the year of 2000 when just got a new desktop machine on that was a little glued stamp it announced proudly ‘Y2K safety’. More about Y2K.

And of course I've almost forgotten to give a new tag to article as disaster. I do not think so that it will be one (like Y2K when it had much smoke little fire, at least for the perfectly ordinary people). But I am curious yet which film studio will be the first one that announce a film around this theme when the computers crash so destroy our ordinary life.