Y10K and Y31K bugs
COMPONENT: SYSTEM TIME OP/SYS: VMS, Version 4.n
LAST TECHNICAL REVIEW: 06-APR-1988
SOURCE: Customer Support Center/Colorado Springs
This base time of Nov. 17, 1858 has since been used by TOPS-10, TOPS-20,
and VAX/VMS. Given this base date, the 100 nanosecond granularity
implemented within VAX/VMS, and the 63-bit absolute time representation (the
sign bit must be clear), VMS should have no trouble with time until:
At this time, all clocks and time-keeping operations within VMS will
suddenly stop, as system time values go negative.
Note that all time display and manipulation routines within VMS allow
for only 4 digits within the 'YEAR' field. We expect this to be corrected
in a future release of VAX/VMS sometime prior to 31-DEC-9999.