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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for getdate_r (redhat section 3)

GETDATE(3)			    Linux Programmer's Manual			       GETDATE(3)

       getdate() - convert a string to struct tm

       #define _XOPEN_SOURCE
       #include <time.h>

       struct tm *getdate (const char *string);

       extern int getdate_err;

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <time.h>

       int getdate_r (const char *string, struct tm *res);

       The  function  getdate() converts a string pointed to by string into the tm structure that
       it returns.  This tm structure may be found in static storage, so that it  will	be  over-
       written by the next call.

       In  contrast  to  strptime(3),  (which  has a format argument), getdate() uses the formats
       found in the file of which the full  path  name	is  given  in  the  environment  variable
       DATEMSK.   The  first line in the file that matches the given input string is used for the

       The matching is done case insensitively.  Superfluous whitespace, either in the pattern or
       in the string to be converted, is ignored.

       The  conversion specifications that a pattern can contain are those given for strptime(3).
       One more conversion specification is accepted:

       %Z     Timezone name.

       When %Z is given, the value to be returned is initialised to the broken-down  time  corre-
       sponding  to the current time in the given time zone.  Otherwise, it is initialised to the
       broken-down time corresponding to the current local time.

       When only the weekday is given, the day is taken to be the first  such  day  on	or  after

       When  only the month is given (and no year), the month is taken to be the first such month
       equal to or after the current month.  If no day is given, it  is  the  first  day  of  the

       When no hour, minute and second are given, the current hour, minute and second are taken.

       If  no  date  is given, but we know the hour, then that hour is taken to be the first such
       hour equal to or after the current hour.

       When successful, this function returns a pointer to a struct tm.   Otherwise,  it  returns
       NULL  and  sets	the  global variable getdate_err.  Changes to errno are unspecified.  The
       following values for getdate_err are defined:

       1   The DATEMSK environment variable is null or undefined.

       2   The template file cannot be opened for reading.

       3   Failed to get file status information.

       4   The template file is not a regular file.

       5   An error is encountered while reading the template file.

       6   Memory allocation failed (not enough memory available).

       7   There is no line in the file that matches the input.

       8   Invalid input specification.

       Since getdate() is not reentrant because of the use of getdate_err and the  static  buffer
       to  return  the result in, glibc provides a thread-safe variant.  The functionality is the
       same.  The result is returned in the buffer pointed to by res and in case of an error  the
       return value is nonzero with the same values as given above for getdate_err.

       The  POSIX  1003.1-2001	specification  for  strptime() contains conversion specifications
       using the %E or %O modifier, while such specifications are not given for  getdate().   The
       glibc implementation implements getdate() using strptime() so that automatically precisely
       the same conversions are supported by both.

       The glibc implementation does not support the %Z conversion specification.

	      File containing format patterns.

       TZ, LC_TIME
	      Variables used by strptime().

       ISO 9899, POSIX 1003.1-2001

       localtime(3), strftime(3), strptime(3), time(3)

					    2001-12-26				       GETDATE(3)

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