CLOCK(3P) POSIX Programmer's Manual CLOCK(3P)
This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual. The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the correspond-
ing Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.
clock - report CPU time used
The clock() function shall return the implementation's best approximation to the processor time used by the process since the beginning of
an implementation-defined era related only to the process invocation.
To determine the time in seconds, the value returned by clock() should be divided by the value of the macro CLOCKS_PER_SEC. CLOCKS_PER_SEC
is defined to be one million in <time.h>. If the processor time used is not available or its value cannot be represented, the function
shall return the value ( clock_t)-1.
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
In order to measure the time spent in a program, clock() should be called at the start of the program and its return value subtracted from
the value returned by subsequent calls. The value returned by clock() is defined for compatibility across systems that have clocks with
different resolutions. The resolution on any particular system need not be to microsecond accuracy.
The value returned by clock() may wrap around on some implementations. For example, on a machine with 32-bit values for clock_t, it wraps
after 2147 seconds or 36 minutes.
asctime(), ctime(), difftime(), gmtime(), localtime(), mktime(), strftime(), strptime(), time(), utime(), the Base Definitions volume of
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <time.h>
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technol-
ogy -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE
and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained
online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .
/The Open Group 2003 CLOCK(3P)