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Linux / Unix Command: localtime
Command Library

NAME

asctime, ctime, gmtime, localtime, mktime - transform date and time to broken-down time or ASCII  

SYNOPSIS

#include <time.h>

char *asctime(const struct tm *tm);

char *asctime_r(const struct tm *tm, char *buf); char *ctime(const time_t *timep);
char *ctime_r(const time_t *timep, char *buf); struct tm *gmtime(const time_t *timep);
struct tm *gmtime_r(const time_t *timep, struct tm *result); struct tm *localtime(const time_t *timep);
struct tm *localtime_r(const time_t *timep, struct tm *result); time_t mktime(struct tm *tm);
 

DESCRIPTION

The ctime(), gmtime() and localtime() functions all take an argument of data type time_t which represents calendar time. When interpreted as an absolute time value, it represents the number of seconds elapsed since 00:00:00 on January 1, 1970, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The asctime() and mktime() functions both take an argument representing broken-down time which is a representation separated into year, month, day, etc.

Broken-down time is stored in the structure tm which is defined in <time.h> as follows:


struct tm {
        int     tm_sec;         /* seconds */
        int     tm_min;         /* minutes */
        int     tm_hour;        /* hours */
        int     tm_mday;        /* day of the month */
        int     tm_mon;         /* month */
        int     tm_year;        /* year */
        int     tm_wday;        /* day of the week */
        int     tm_yday;        /* day in the year */
        int     tm_isdst;       /* daylight saving time */
};

The members of the tm structure are:

tm_sec
The number of seconds after the minute, normally in the range 0 to 59, but can be up to 61 to allow for leap seconds.
tm_min
The number of minutes after the hour, in the range 0 to 59.
tm_hour
The number of hours past midnight, in the range 0 to 23.
tm_mday
The day of the month, in the range 1 to 31.
tm_mon
The number of months since January, in the range 0 to 11.
tm_year
The number of years since 1900.
tm_wday
The number of days since Sunday, in the range 0 to 6.
tm_yday
The number of days since January 1, in the range 0 to 365.
tm_isdst
A flag that indicates whether daylight saving time is in effect at the time described. The value is positive if daylight saving time is in effect, zero if it is not, and negative if the information is not available.

The call ctime(t) is equivalent to asctime(localtime(t)). It converts the calendar time t into a string of the form

"Wed Jun 30 21:49:08 1993\n"

The abbreviations for the days of the week are `Sun', `Mon', `Tue', `Wed', `Thu', `Fri', and `Sat'. The abbreviations for the months are `Jan', `Feb', `Mar', `Apr', `May', `Jun', `Jul', `Aug', `Sep', `Oct', `Nov', and `Dec'. The return value points to a statically allocated string which might be overwritten by subsequent calls to any of the date and time functions. The function also sets the external variable tzname (see tzset(3)) with information about the current time zone. The re-entrant version ctime_r() does the same, but stores the string in a user-supplied buffer of length at least 26. It need not set tzname.

The gmtime() function converts the calendar time timep to broken-down time representation, expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). It may return NULL when the year does not fit into an integer. The return value points to a statically allocated struct which might be overwritten by subsequent calls to any of the date and time functions. The gmtime_r() function does the same, but stores the data in a user-supplied struct.

The localtime() function converts the calendar time timep to broken-time representation, expressed relative to the user's specified time zone. The function acts as if it called tzset(3) and sets the external variables tzname with information about the current time zone, timezone with the difference between Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local standard time in seconds, and daylight to a non-zero value if daylight savings time rules apply during some part of the year. The return value points to a statically allocated struct which might be overwritten by subsequent calls to any of the date and time functions. The localtime_r() function does the same, but stores the data in a user-supplied struct. It need not set tzname.

The asctime() function converts the broken-down time value tm into a string with the same format as ctime(). The return value points to a statically allocated string which might be overwritten by subsequent calls to any of the date and time functions. The asctime_r() function does the same, but stores the string in a user-supplied buffer of length at least 26.

The mktime() function converts a broken-down time structure, expressed as local time, to calendar time representation. The function ignores the specified contents of the structure members tm_wday and tm_yday and recomputes them from the other information in the broken-down time structure. If structure members are outside their legal interval, they will be normalized (so that, e.g., 40 October is changed into 9 November). Calling mktime() also sets the external variable tzname with information about the current time zone. If the specified broken-down time cannot be represented as calendar time (seconds since the epoch), mktime() returns a value of (time_t)(-1) and does not alter the tm_wday and tm_yday members of the broken-down time structure.  

RETURN VALUE

Each of these functions returns the value described, or NULL (-1 in case of mktime()) in case an error was detected.  

SEE ALSO

date(1), gettimeofday(2), newctime(3), time(2), utime(2), clock(3), difftime(3), strftime(3), strptime(3), tzset(3)


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