[time-nuts] Anyone know a portable way of getting seconds since epoch?

David I. Emery die at dieconsulting.com
Wed Oct 14 04:16:50 UTC 2009

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 10:14:56PM +0100, David Kirkby wrote:
> 2009/10/13 Poul-Henning Kamp <phk at phk.freebsd.dk>:
> > In message <286f7bad0910130703v6680affbx95905a440000099f at mail.gmail.com>, David
> >  Kirkby writes:
> >>I've asked this on comp.unix.shell, but never got a 100% satsifactory
> >>answer. Perhaps someone here might know.
> >>
> >>Does anyone know how to get the number of seconds since 1/1/1970 on a
> >>Unix system using the shell - not compiling C code. I can't assume the
> >>computer has perl, python or a C compiler.
> >
> > On FreeBSD you can use the strftime facility in date(1):
> >
> >        $ date +%s
> >        1255442977
> >
> > Poul-Henning
> But it does not work on Solaris or HP-UX

	FWIW it works on Darwin (MacOS X) which is BSD derived...

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