Welcome to the new Australian financial year, the new carbon tax regime and an internet that is shaking its collective head to itself.

Over the weekend, a leap second was injected to realign our clocks with the slowing rotational speed of the Earth.

Unfortunately, for many Linux and Java users, this leap second caused systems to hang and thrash.

Rebooting the affected machines fixed the problem, as did stopping “ntpd” and manually setting the date with

/etc/init.d/ntp stop; date; date `date +"%m%d%H%M%C%y.%S"`; date;

Another workaround and discussion as to the root cause is found on the linux-kernel mailing list.

(Screenshot taken by schmidtzl)

Swept up in the carnage were sites such as Reddit, FourSquare, Yelp, Qantas and LinkedIn.

Was your site hit by the leap second? Leave a comment below to let us know. We’d also love to hear what configuration of servers were or were not hit over the weekend.