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NAME

       gettimeofday, settimeofday - get / set time

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/time.h>

       int gettimeofday(struct timeval *tv, struct timezone *tz);

       int settimeofday(const struct timeval *tv, const struct timezone *tz);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       settimeofday(): _BSD_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION

       The  functions  gettimeofday()  and  settimeofday() can get and set the
       time as well as a timezone.  The tv argument is a  struct  timeval  (as
       specified in <sys/time.h>):

           struct timeval {
               time_t      tv_sec;     /* seconds */
               suseconds_t tv_usec;    /* microseconds */
           };

       and  gives  the number of seconds and microseconds since the Epoch (see
       time(2)).  The tz argument is a struct timezone:

           struct timezone {
               int tz_minuteswest;     /* minutes west of Greenwich */
               int tz_dsttime;         /* type of DST correction */
           };

       If either tv or tz is NULL, the corresponding structure is not  set  or
       returned.  (However, compilation warnings will result if tv is NULL.)

       The  use  of the timezone structure is obsolete; the tz argument should
       normally be specified as NULL.  (See NOTES below.)

       Under Linux there are some peculiar "warp clock"  semantics  associated
       with  the  settimeofday()  system call if on the very first call (after
       booting) that has a non-NULL tz argument, the tv argument is  NULL  and
       the  tz_minuteswest  field is nonzero.  (The tz_dsttime field should be
       zero for this case.)  In such a case it is assumed that the CMOS  clock
       is  on  local time, and that it has to be incremented by this amount to
       get UTC system time.  No doubt it is a bad idea to use this feature.

RETURN VALUE

       gettimeofday() and settimeofday() return  0  for  success,  or  -1  for
       failure (in which case errno is set appropriately).

ERRORS

       EFAULT One of tv or tz pointed outside the accessible address space.

       EINVAL Timezone (or something else) is invalid.

       EPERM  The   calling   process   has  insufficient  privilege  to  call
              settimeofday();  under  Linux  the  CAP_SYS_TIME  capability  is
              required.

CONFORMING TO

       SVr4,   4.3BSD.    POSIX.1-2001   describes   gettimeofday()   but  not
       settimeofday().   POSIX.1-2008  marks   gettimeofday()   as   obsolete,
       recommending the use of clock_gettime(2) instead.

NOTES

       The  time returned by gettimeofday() is affected by discontinuous jumps
       in the system time (e.g., if the system administrator manually  changes
       the  system  time).   If you need a monotonically increasing clock, see
       clock_gettime(2).

       Macros  for  operating  on  timeval   structures   are   described   in
       timeradd(3).

       Traditionally, the fields of struct timeval were of type long.

       The  tz_dsttime  field  has  never  been  used  under Linux.  Thus, the
       following is purely of historic interest.

       On old systems, the  field  tz_dsttime  contains  a  symbolic  constant
       (values  are  given  below)  that  indicates  in which part of the year
       Daylight Saving Time is  in  force.   (Note:  this  value  is  constant
       throughout the year: it does not indicate that DST is in force, it just
       selects an algorithm.)  The daylight saving time algorithms defined are
       as follows:

           DST_NONE     /* not on DST */
           DST_USA      /* USA style DST */
           DST_AUST     /* Australian style DST */
           DST_WET      /* Western European DST */
           DST_MET      /* Middle European DST */
           DST_EET      /* Eastern European DST */
           DST_CAN      /* Canada */
           DST_GB       /* Great Britain and Eire */
           DST_RUM      /* Romania */
           DST_TUR      /* Turkey */
           DST_AUSTALT  /* Australian style with shift in 1986 */

       Of  course  it turned out that the period in which Daylight Saving Time
       is in force cannot be given by a simple  algorithm,  one  per  country;
       indeed, this period is determined by unpredictable political decisions.
       So this method of representing timezones has been abandoned.

SEE ALSO

       date(1), adjtimex(2), clock_gettime(2),  time(2),  ctime(3),  ftime(3),
       timeradd(3), capabilities(7), time(7)

COLOPHON

       This  page  is  part of release 3.65 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/.



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