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Accounting and elapsed time of 17-Nov-1858?

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The Question is:

Dear Wizard,
Why does the following command sometimes display the base time?
$ pipe show proc/acc | sear sys$input Elapsed
 Elapsed CPU time:       17-NOV-1858 00:00:00.00

The Answer is :

  It would appear that there is a quadword zero in the time field
  of the data record -- when interpreted as an absolute time, a
  quadword zero will return the system base date (17-Nov-1958).
  Of interest would be the origin and the full contents of the
  particular accounting record(s) in question.
  Please contact the Compaq Customer Support Center for assistance.

answer written or last revised on ( 18-JAN-2000 )

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