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DIFFTIME

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 2002-02-28
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NAME

difftime - calculate time difference  

SYNOPSIS

#include <time.h>

double difftime(time_t time1, time_t time0);
 

DESCRIPTION

The difftime() function returns the number of seconds elapsed between time time1 and time time0, represented as a double. The two times are specified in calendar time, which represents the time elapsed since the Epoch (00:00:00 on January 1, 1970, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)).  

CONFORMING TO

SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89, C99.  

NOTES

On a POSIX system, time_t is an arithmetic type, and one could just define

#define difftime(t1,t0) (double)(t1 - t0)

when the possible overflow in the subtraction is not a concern. On other systems, the data type time_t might use some other encoding where subtraction doesn't work directly.  

SEE ALSO

date(1), gettimeofday(2), time(2), ctime(3), gmtime(3), localtime(3)  

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.21 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
CONFORMING TO
NOTES
SEE ALSO
COLOPHON

 

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