newctime

NEWCTIME(3)                 Library Functions Manual                 NEWCTIME(3)



NAME
       asctime, ctime, difftime, gmtime, localtime, mktime - convert date and
       time

SYNOPSIS
       #include <time.h>

       extern char *tzname[]; /∗ (optional) ∗/

       char *ctime(time_t const *clock);

       char *ctime_r(time_t const *clock, char *buf);

       double difftime(time_t time1, time_t time0);

       char *asctime(struct tm const *tm);

       char *asctime_r(struct tm const *restrict tm,
           char *restrict result);

       struct tm *localtime(time_t const *clock);

       struct tm *localtime_r(time_t const *restrict clock,
           struct tm *restrict result);

       struct tm *localtime_rz(timezone_t restrict zone,
           time_t const *restrict clock,
           struct tm *restrict result);

       struct tm *gmtime(time_t const *clock);

       struct tm *gmtime_r(time_t const *restrict clock,
           struct tm *restrict result);

       time_t mktime(struct tm *tm);

       time_t mktime_z(timezone_t restrict zone,
           struct tm *restrict tm);

       cc ... -ltz

DESCRIPTION
       The ctime function converts a long integer, pointed to by clock, and
       returns a pointer to a string of the form
                             Thu Nov 24 18:22:48 1986\n\0
       Years requiring fewer than four characters are padded with leading
       zeroes.  For years longer than four characters, the string is of the form
                           Thu Nov 24 18:22:48     81986\n\0
       with five spaces before the year.  These unusual formats are designed to
       make it less likely that older software that expects exactly 26 bytes of
       output will mistakenly output misleading values for out-of-range years.

       The *clock timestamp represents the time in seconds since 1970-01-01
       00:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).  The POSIX standard says that
       timestamps must be nonnegative and must ignore leap seconds.  Many
       implementations extend POSIX by allowing negative timestamps, and can
       therefore represent timestamps that predate the introduction of UTC and
       are some other flavor of Universal Time (UT).  Some implementations
       support leap seconds, in contradiction to POSIX.

       The localtime and gmtime functions return pointers to “tm” structures,
       described below.  The localtime function corrects for the time zone and
       any time zone adjustments (such as Daylight Saving Time in the United
       States).  After filling in the “tm” structure, localtime sets the
       tm_isdst'th element of tzname to a pointer to a string that's the time
       zone abbreviation to be used with localtime's return value.

       The gmtime function converts to Coordinated Universal Time.

       The asctime function converts a time value contained in a “tm” structure
       to a string, as shown in the above example, and returns a pointer to the
       string.

       The mktime function converts the broken-down time, expressed as local
       time, in the structure pointed to by tm into a calendar time value with
       the same encoding as that of the values returned by the time function.
       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 their normal ranges.  (A positive or zero value for
       tm_isdst causes mktime to presume initially that daylight saving time
       respectively, is or is not in effect for the specified time.  A negative
       value for tm_isdst causes the mktime function to attempt to divine
       whether daylight saving time is in effect for the specified time; in this
       case it does not use a consistent rule and may give a different answer
       when later presented with the same argument.)  On successful completion,
       the values of the tm_wday and tm_yday components of the structure are set
       appropriately, and the other components are set to represent the
       specified calendar time, but with their values forced to their normal
       ranges; the final value of tm_mday is not set until tm_mon and tm_year
       are determined.  The mktime function returns the specified calendar time;
       If the calendar time cannot be represented, it returns -1.

       The difftime function returns the difference between two calendar times,
       (time1 - time0), expressed in seconds.

       The ctime_r, localtime_r, gmtime_r, and asctime_r functions are like
       their unsuffixed counterparts, except that they accept an additional
       argument specifying where to store the result if successful.

       The localtime_rz and mktime_z functions are like their unsuffixed
       counterparts, except that they accept an extra initial zone argument
       specifying the timezone to be used for conversion.  If zone is null, UT
       is used; otherwise, zone should be have been allocated by tzalloc and
       should not be freed until after all uses (e.g., by calls to strftime) of
       the filled-in tm_zone fields.

       Declarations of all the functions and externals, and the “tm” structure,
       are in the <time.h> header file.  The structure (of type) struct tm
       includes the following fields:

                int tm_sec;      /∗ seconds (0–60) ∗/
                int tm_min;      /∗ minutes (0–59) ∗/
                int tm_hour;     /∗ hours (0–23) ∗/
                int tm_mday;     /∗ day of month (1–31) ∗/
                int tm_mon;      /∗ month of year (0–11) ∗/
                int tm_year;     /∗ year - 1900 ∗/
                int tm_wday;     /∗ day of week (Sunday = 0) ∗/
                int tm_yday;     /∗ day of year (0–365) ∗/
                int tm_isdst;    /∗ is daylight saving time in effect? ∗/
                char ∗tm_zone;   /∗ time zone abbreviation (optional) ∗/
                long tm_gmtoff;  /∗ offset from UT in seconds (optional) ∗/

       The tm_isdst field is non-zero if daylight saving time is in effect.

       The tm_gmtoff field is the offset (in seconds) of the time represented
       from UT, with positive values indicating east of the Prime Meridian.  The
       field's name is derived from Greenwich Mean Time, a precursor of UT.

       In struct tm the tm_zone and tm_gmtoff fields exist, and are filled in,
       only if arrangements to do so were made when the library containing these
       functions was created.  Similarly, the tzname variable is optional.
       There is no guarantee that these fields and this variable will continue
       to exist in this form in future releases of this code.

FILES
       /usr/share/zoneinfo             timezone information directory
       /usr/share/zoneinfo/localtime   local timezone file
       /usr/share/zoneinfo/posixrules  used with POSIX-style TZ's
       /usr/share/zoneinfo/GMT         for UTC leap seconds

       If /usr/share/zoneinfo/GMT is absent, UTC leap seconds are loaded from
       /usr/share/zoneinfo/posixrules.

SEE ALSO
       getenv(3), newstrftime(3), newtzset(3), time(2), tzfile(5)

NOTES
       The return values of asctime, ctime, gmtime, and localtime point to
       static data overwritten by each call.  The tzname variable (once set) and
       the tm_zone field of a returned struct tm both point to an array of
       characters that can be freed or overwritten by later calls to the
       functions localtime, tzfree, and tzset, if these functions affect the
       timezone information that specifies the abbreviation in question.  The
       remaining functions and data are thread-safe.

       The asctime, asctime_r, ctime, and ctime_r functions behave strangely for
       years before 1000 or after 9999.  The 1989 and 1999 editions of the C
       Standard say that years from -99 through 999 are converted without extra
       spaces, but this conflicts with longstanding tradition and with this
       implementation.  The 2011 edition says that the behavior is undefined if
       the year is before 1000 or after 9999.  Traditional implementations of
       these two functions are restricted to years in the range 1900 through
       2099.  To avoid this portability mess, new programs should use strftime
       instead.



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