clock − determine processor time #include<time.h> clock_tclock(void); The function returns an approximation of processor time used by the program. The value returned is the CPU time used so far as a to get the number of seconds used, divide by If the processor time used is not available or its value cannot be represented, the function returns the value For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see ┌──────────┬───────────────┬─────────┐ │Interface │ Attribute │ Value │ ├──────────┼───────────────┼─────────┤ │ │ Thread safety │ MT‐Safe │ └──────────┴───────────────┴─────────┘ POSIX.1‐2001, POSIX.1‐2008, C89, C99. XSI requires that CLOCKS_PER_SEC equals 1000000 independent of the actual resolution. The C standard allows for arbitrary values at the start of the program; subtract the value returned from a call to at the start of the program to get maximum portability. Note that the time can wrap around. On a 32‐bit 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 also includes the times of any children whose status has been collected via (or another wait‐type call). Linux does not include the times of waited‐for children in the value returned by The function, which explicitly returns (separate) information about the caller and its children, may be preferable. In glibc 2.17 and earlier, was implemented on top of For improved accuracy, since glibc 2.18, it is implemented on top of (using the clock). This page is part of release 5.06 of the Linux man‐pages project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be found at https://www.kernel.org/doc/man−pages/.