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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for settimeofday (netbsd section 2)

GETTIMEOFDAY(2) 		     BSD System Calls Manual			  GETTIMEOFDAY(2)

NAME
     gettimeofday, settimeofday -- get/set date and time

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/time.h>

     int
     gettimeofday(struct timeval * restrict tp, void * restrict tzp);

     int
     settimeofday(const struct timeval * restrict tp, const void * restrict tzp);

DESCRIPTION
     Note: time zone information is no longer provided by this interface.  See localtime(3) for
     information on how to retrieve it.

     The system's notion of the current UTC time is obtained with the gettimeofday() call, and
     set with the settimeofday() call.	The time is expressed in seconds and microseconds since
     midnight (0 hour), January 1, 1970.  The resolution of the system clock is hardware depen-
     dent, and the time may be updated continuously or in ``ticks''.

     If tp is NULL, the time will not be returned or set.  Despite being declared void *, the
     objects pointed to by tzp shall be of type struct timezone.

     The structures pointed to by tp and tzp are defined in <sys/time.h>.  The first one is
     described in timeval(3) and the latter legacy structure is defined as:

	   struct timezone {
		   int	   tz_minuteswest; /* of Greenwich */
		   int	   tz_dsttime;	   /* type of dst correction to apply */
	   };

     The timezone structure is provided only for source compatibility.	It is ignored by
     settimeofday(), and gettimeofday() will always return zeroes.

     If the calling user is not the super-user, then the settimeofday() function in the standard
     C library will try to use the clockctl(4) device if present, thus making possible for non
     privileged users to set the system time.  If clockctl(4) is not present or not accessible,
     then settimeofday() reverts to the settimeofday() system call, which is restricted to the
     super user.

RETURN VALUES
     A return value 0 indicates that the call succeeded.  A return value -1 indicates an error
     occurred, and in this case an error code is stored into the global variable errno.

ERRORS
     The following error codes may be set in errno:

     [EFAULT]		An argument address referenced invalid memory.

     [EPERM]		A user other than the super user attempted to set the time, or the speci-
			fied time was less than the current time, which was not permitted at the
			current security level.

SEE ALSO
     date(1), adjtime(2), ctime(3), localtime(3), clockctl(4), timed(8)

HISTORY
     The gettimeofday() function call appeared in 4.2BSD.  The tzp argument was deprecated in
     4.4BSD (and many other systems).

BSD					   May 18, 2010 				      BSD


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