Method time()

Method time

int time()
int time(int(1) one)
float time(int(2..) t)


This function returns the number of seconds since 00:00:00 UTC, 1 Jan 1970.

The second syntax does not query the system for the current time, instead the last time value used by the pike process is returned again. It avoids a system call, and thus is slightly faster, but can be wildly inaccurate. Pike queries the time internally when a thread has waited for something, typically in sleep or in a backend (see Pike.Backend).

The third syntax can be used to measure time more precisely than one second. It returns how many seconds have passed since t. The precision of this function varies from system to system.

See also

ctime(), localtime(), mktime(), gmtime(), System.gettimeofday(), gethrtime()