Thread: making a timestamp

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    making a timestamp

    Can anyone suggest a way to convert the result from gettimeofday() which is number of seconds to a UNIX integer timestamp that looks like for example, 20030411021539, on April 11, 2003 at 2:15:39am?


  2. #2
    Thanks..I actually wanted the timestamp to look a UNIX integer, i.e, 20030411021539.

    Any other ideas are appreciated!

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    Thanks! One more thing, how would I add milliseconds to that?

    Thanks again.

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    I can't get the milliseconds to be part of the long long double, i.e 20030411110933.456, where 456 is the milliseconds. Maybe I am making this more complicated than it needs to be...

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <time.h>
    #include <sys/time.h>
    int main( ) {
       struct timeval tstr;
       struct tm      *tmstr;
       char           buf[128];
       long long double milli;
       long long double ll,num;
       if( gettimeofday( &tstr, NULL ) != 0 ) {
          perror( "gettimeofday" );
       return 1;
      tmstr = localtime( &tstr.tv_sec);
      strftime( buf, sizeof( buf ), "%Y%m%d%I%M%S", tmstr );
      milli=(long long double)(tstr.tv_usec/1000.0);
      num=(long long double)strtoll(buf,NULL,10);
      ll =(long long double)(0.0+num);
      ll=(long long double)(ll+milli/1000.0);
      printf( "%.3llf\n",(long long double)ll );
      return 0;

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    AFAIK, there is no long long double, just long double. Try that.
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    I don't know why they're bothering with floating point values anyway. A millisecond is 1/1000th. As such, since it itself is never a floating point value, just use an integer for it. Use an integer for minutes, one for seconds, one for milliseconds. Why bother with floats?

    Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.

  7. #7
    vVv: I ran the code, but I need the stamp to show milliseconds as well. long long is supported, but I thought since I want the milliseconds to appear after the decimal point, I have to make it a double as well...since it won't work with just long long.

    quzah: I want the output to look like: 20030411110933.456.
    How do I get that unless I make the type some sort of float?

    Thanks guys.

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