Subject: Re: bin/36831: rtclocaltime shows negative 0
To: None <>
From: Alan Barrett <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 08/24/2007 19:17:17
On Fri, 24 Aug 2007, wrote:
> when using rtclocaltime=no in rc.conf and when /etc/localtime links to
> UTC (default), then rc.d prints during boot:
> Setting RTC offset to -0.

This is caused by an awk bug, which is reproducible like this:

    echo foo | awk '{print (-1 * 0)}'
    # prints "-0"; should print "0".

> The patch fixes this. No functional changes, just cosmetics showing 0
> without a negative sign.

Your patch happens to work around the awk bug, but makes the shell script
much harder to understand.

--apb (Alan Barrett)