time


SYNOPSIS
       #include <time.h>

       time_t time(time_t *t);

DESCRIPTION
       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.

RETURN VALUE
       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.

ERRORS
       EFAULT t points outside your accessible address space.

CONFORMING TO
       SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89, C99, POSIX.1-2001.  POSIX does not specify any error
       conditions.

NOTES
       POSIX.1  defines  seconds since the Epoch using a formula that approxi-
       mates 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  synchro-
       nized  to  a standard reference.  The intention is that the interpreta-
       tion 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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       description of the project, and information about reporting  bugs,  can
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