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Will SRC-PE be able to handle IERS leap second?

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Article ID: KB12960 KB Last Updated: 19 Jan 2009Version: 3.0
Summary:
Will SRC-PE be able to handle IERS leap second?
Symptoms:
A leap second is a one-second adjustment that keeps broadcast standards for time of day close to mean solar time.

The standard way to count UTC time across a leap second is:
2008-12-31 23.59.57
2008-12-31 23.59.58
2008-12-31 23.59.59
2008-12-31 23.59.60 <-- leap second
2009-01-01 00.00.00
2009-01-01 00.00.01
2009-01-01 00.00.02

After UTC 23:59:59, a positive leap second at 23:59:60 would be counted, before the clock indicates 00:00:00 of the next day.
Solution:
SRC-PE handles leap second. The activity will be recorded in /var/log/messages as below;

Dec 31 18:59:59 c4k kernel: Clock: inserting leap second 23:59:60 UTC


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