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Date/time string to DWORD conversion

To all 'Surfing' Wizards:

 I am looking for the working ("C") code example(s) that will do the
  following twist... "By puttin a date/time string into a DWORD?" -- Given
  valid Date and Time strings.  If you feel that more points are required to get this problem answered correctly and make it beneifical, let me know.

     As always, TIA!   Midnightexpress  
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It really depends on whether you are going to use this DWORD for storage only or for arithmetic.  If it is just for storage only, it is simple.  Say the date/time is stored in ddd, dmm, dyy, thh, tmm, tss

DWORD when =
   ((DWORD) dyy << 24) |
   ((DWORD) dmm << 22) |
   ((DWORD) ddd << 17 ) |
   ((DWORD) thh << 12) |
   ((DWORD) tmm << 6) | tss;

There is enough space to accomodate each item individually:

6 bits for seconds - 0:59 nearest multiple of 2 is 64
6 bits for minutes - 0:59
5 bits for hours 0:23
5 bits for days 0:31
4 bits for months 1:12
remainder for year 0:99

If you wish to use it for arithmetic, use a variant of Zeller's congruence to convert it to a number, multiply that by 86400 and add that to the time converted to seconds.  The reverse of Zeller's congruence is slightly iterative but you can get there in 2 iterations.

Note that there are rounding errors in Zeller's congruence computations so make sure the 30.6 is coded as 30.6001
  What should that time in dword store?
Standard, seconds after epoch or
some other binary format like dike dividig bits into day, hour etc.

does strptime work for you?
strptime("4 July 2001 12:00:45", "%d %b %Y %H:%M:%S", &tm);
see man strptime;

Manish Regmi

or strftime();
see man strftime.

Manish Regmi
midnightexpressAuthor Commented:
Comment:  I would prefer, as requested, some working "C" source code examples that works, the bugs worked out.  Does this mean more points are required??

so you mean the format of time_t (seconds after epoch works for you.)

//example from posix spec:

int main()
struct tm tm;
time_t t;

if (strptime("6 Dec 2001 12:33:45", "%d %b %Y %H:%M:%S", &tm) == NULL)
    /* Handle error */;

printf("year: %d; month: %d; day: %d;\n",
        tm.tm_year, tm.tm_mon, tm.tm_mday);
printf("hour: %d; minute: %d; second: %d\n",
        tm.tm_hour, tm.tm_min, tm.tm_sec);
printf("week day: %d; year day: %d\n", tm.tm_wday, tm.tm_yday);

t = mktime(&tm);
if (t == -1)
    /* Handle error */;
printf("seconds since the Epoch: %ld\n", (long) t);"

Manish Regmi
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