time.3am man page

time — time functions for gawk


@load "time"

time = gettimeofday()
ret = sleep(amount)


The time extension adds two functions named gettimeofday() and sleep(), as follows.

This function returns the number of seconds since the Epoch as a floating-point value. It should have subsecond precision. It returns -1 upon error and sets ERRNO to indicate the problem.
This function attempts to sleep for the given amount of seconds, which may include a fractional portion. If seconds is negative, or the attempt to sleep fails, then it returns -1 and sets ERRNO. Otherwise, the function should return 0 after sleeping for the indicated amount of time.


@load "time"
printf "It is now %g seconds since the Epoch\n", gettimeofday()
printf "Pausing for a while... " ; sleep(2.5) ; print "done"

See Also

GAWK: Effective AWK Programming, filefuncs(3am), fnmatch(3am), fork(3am), inplace(3am), ordchr(3am), readdir(3am), readfile(3am), revoutput(3am), rwarray(3am).

gettimeofday(2), nanosleep(2), select(2).


Arnold Robbins, arnold@skeeve.com.

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