MKTIME(3POSIX)              POSIX Programmer's Manual             MKTIME(3POSIX)

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       mktime — convert broken-down time into time since the Epoch

       #include <time.h>

       time_t mktime(struct tm *timeptr);

       The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the
       ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and
       the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers
       to the ISO C standard.

       The mktime() function shall convert the broken-down time, expressed as
       local time, in the structure pointed to by timeptr, into a time since the
       Epoch value with the same encoding as that of the values returned by
       time().  The original values of the tm_wday and tm_yday components of the
       structure are ignored, and the original values of the other components
       are not restricted to the ranges described in <time.h>.

       A positive or 0 value for tm_isdst shall cause mktime() to presume
       initially that Daylight Savings Time, respectively, is or is not in
       effect for the specified time. A negative value for tm_isdst shall cause
       mktime() to attempt to determine whether Daylight Savings Time is in
       effect for the specified time.

       Local timezone information shall be set as though mktime() called

       The relationship between the tm structure (defined in the <time.h>
       header) and the time in seconds since the Epoch is that the result shall
       be as specified in the expression given in the definition of seconds
       since the Epoch (see the Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Section
       4.15, Seconds Since the Epoch) corrected for timezone and any seasonal
       time adjustments, where the names in the structure and in the expression

       Upon successful completion, the values of the tm_wday and tm_yday
       components of the structure shall be set appropriately, and the other
       components are set to represent the specified time since the Epoch, but
       with their values forced to the ranges indicated in the <time.h> entry;
       the final value of tm_mday shall not be set until tm_mon and tm_year are

       The mktime() function shall return the specified time since the Epoch
       encoded as a value of type time_t.  If the time since the Epoch cannot be
       represented, the function shall return the value (time_t)−1 and set errno
       to indicate the error.

       The mktime() function shall fail if:

              The result cannot be represented.

       The following sections are informative.

       What day of the week is July 4, 2001?

           #include <stdio.h>
           #include <time.h>

           struct tm time_str;

           char daybuf[20];

           int main(void)
               time_str.tm_year = 2001 — 1900;
               time_str.tm_mon = 7 — 1;
               time_str.tm_mday = 4;
               time_str.tm_hour = 0;
               time_str.tm_min = 0;
               time_str.tm_sec = 1;
               time_str.tm_isdst = −1;
               if (mktime(&time_str) == -1)
               else {
                   (void)strftime(daybuf, sizeof(daybuf), "%A", &time_str);
               return 0;




       asctime(), clock(), ctime(), difftime(), gmtime(), localtime(),
       strftime(), strptime(), time(), tzset(), utime()

       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Section 4.15, Seconds Since
       the Epoch, <time.h>

       Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form
       from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
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       Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of Electrical
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