TIME(2) Linux Programmer's Manual TIME(2)NAME
time - get time in seconds
time_t time(time_t *t);
time() returns the time as the number of seconds since the Epoch, 1970-01-01 00:00:00 +0000 (UTC).
If t is non-NULL, the return value is also stored in the memory pointed to by t.
On success, the value of time in seconds since the Epoch is returned. On error, ((time_t) -1) is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
EFAULT t points outside your accessible address space.
SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89, C99, POSIX.1-2001. POSIX does not specify any error conditions.
POSIX.1 defines seconds since the Epoch using a formula that approximates the number of seconds between a specified time and the Epoch.
This formula takes account of the facts that all years that are evenly divisible by 4 are leap years, but years that are evenly divisible
by 100 are not leap years unless they are also evenly divisible by 400, in which case they are leap years. This value is not the same as
the actual number of seconds between the time and the Epoch, because of leap seconds and because system clocks are not required to be syn-
chronized to a standard reference. The intention is that the interpretation of seconds since the Epoch values be consistent; see
POSIX.1-2008 Rationale A.4.15 for further rationale.
SEE ALSO date(1), gettimeofday(2), ctime(3), ftime(3), time(7)COLOPHON
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DIFFTIME(3) Linux Programmer's Manual DIFFTIME(3)NAME
difftime - calculate time difference
double difftime(time_t time1, time_t time0);
The difftime() function returns the number of seconds elapsed between time time1 and time time0, represented as a double. Each of the
times is specified in calendar time, which means its value is a measurement (in seconds) relative to the Epoch, 1970-01-01 00:00:00 +0000
SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89, C99.
On a POSIX system, time_t is an arithmetic type, and one could just define
#define difftime(t1,t0) (double)(t1 - t0)
when the possible overflow in the subtraction is not a concern.
SEE ALSO date(1), gettimeofday(2), time(2), ctime(3), gmtime(3), localtime(3)COLOPHON
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