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When I request the time

$t1 = time;
print $t1;
I get a number like  902976430
What does this mean?  It appears to be in seconds, but from where?
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Question by:donb1
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by:b2pi
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try

perldoc -f time

Should be number of seconds since the first second of 1970 (I think that's the case on NT...)

You might rather deal with localtime or gmtime

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by:donb1
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That was not an answer to my question!
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by:ozo
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#it sounded like an answer to me.
#Perhaps you should clarify your question.

print scalar gmtime 902976430;
#will tell you what it means

print scalar gmtime 0;
#will tell you where the count is starting from
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by:Biffo
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Why don't you just get the time from the $ENV, lot easier :)


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Anyways, to answer your question, your sample is returning
the number of non-leap seconds since 00:00:00.

Biffo
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by:donb1
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OK - what happens to the number in about 3 years when the number gets to a billion?  does it show up as 000000000 or 1000000000?  Is this another y2k +  bug?
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by:ozo
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I'm not sure what makes Biffo's answer acceptable while b2pi's wansn't.
I must still not be understanding the question.

But to can see what happens in about 3 years
 print scalar localtime time+3.1*365*24*60*60;
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by:donb1
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I probably goofed in rejecting b2pi's answer.  His "I think" threw me off, I guess and also the rather answers.  His answer was OK, just my misunderstanding of it.  Guess there is no way to undo the thing.
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by:b2pi
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I'm sure in the future I'll try to downplay my use of the English language.
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