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CLOCK(3) Linux Programmer's Manual CLOCK(3)
clock - Determine processor time
The clock() function returns an approximation of processor time used by the program.
The value returned is the CPU time used so far as a clock_t; to get the number of seconds
used, divide by CLOCKS_PER_SEC. If the processor time used is not available or its value
cannot be represented, the function returns the value (clock_t)-1.
ANSI C. POSIX requires that CLOCKS_PER_SEC equals 1000000 independent of the actual reso-
The C standard allows for arbitrary values at the start of the program; subtract the value
returned from a call to clock() at the start of the program to get maximum portability.
Note that the time can wrap around. On a 32bit system where CLOCKS_PER_SEC equals 1000000
this function will return the same value approximately every 72 minutes.
On several other implementations, the value returned by clock() also includes the times of
any children whose status has been collected via wait() (or another wait-type call).
Linux does not include the times of waited-for children in the value returned by clock().
The times() function, which explicitly returns (separate) information about the caller and
its children, may be preferable.
GNU 2002-06-14 CLOCK(3)
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