Thread: algorithm/function that returns date?

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    algorithm/function that returns date?

    i've asked around and looked (peeked) in the standard library files but haven't found anything that returns the time to a program. I need this for a game of minesweeper im writing, for which i need to keep a "stats" file with the name of the player, the date of the game and how long the player took to finish the game. any help will be greatly appreciated 8)

    thanks in advance ;D
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    have you tried 'peeking' into the <ctime> header for the time() function or the strftime() function for the current time... or the clock() function to time the game?
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    yeah i have a class which calculates the timer for the game, what i needed was something to get the date ;/

    gonna go try those that you gave me, thanks guys : ]
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    The locale class contains time input and output facets too. For locale-dependent time representation as strings.

    And the boost libraries contain a date/time library.
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    agh i tried both - no avail ;/
    how do you manipulate the ones in time.h for them to return the date to you? i tried a couple things, got it to compile but then nothing happened :/

    the page offers some interesting functions but nothing that actually gives me the current date - it just offers classes which store dates and manipulates them to do a couple of things.

    sorry to keep bothering, and thanks again
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    still stumped.
    #include <time.h>   
    char *asctime( const struct tm *ptr );
    trying to use that but dont know how ;/
    help please
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    Maybe this helps:
    #include <cstdio>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <ctime>
    using namespace std;
    int main ()
      time_t rawtime;
      struct tm * timeinfo;
      time ( &rawtime );
      timeinfo = localtime ( &rawtime );
      int day = timeinfo->tm_mday;
      int month = timeinfo->tm_mon + 1;
      int year = timeinfo-> tm_year + 1900;
      cout << "day = " << day << endl;
      cout << "month = " << month << endl;
      cout << "year = " << year << endl;
      return 0;

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