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clock(n)		     Tcl Built-In Commands		      clock(n)


       clock - Obtain and manipulate time

       clock option ?arg arg ...?

       This  command  performs	one  of	 several operations that may obtain or
       manipulate strings or values that represent some notion of  time.   The
       option  argument	 determines what action is carried out by the command.
       The legal options (which may be abbreviated) are:

       clock clicks ?-milliseconds?					       │
	      Return a high-resolution time value as a system-dependent	 inte‐ │
	      ger value.  The unit of the value is system-dependent but should │
	      be the highest resolution clock available on the system such  as │
	      a	 CPU  cycle  counter.  If -milliseconds is specified, then the │
	      value is guaranteed to  be  of  millisecond  granularity.	  This │
	      value  should  only  be  used  for  the  relative measurement of │
	      elapsed time.

       clock format clockValue ?-format string? ?-gmt boolean?
	      Converts an integer time value, typically returned by clock sec‐
	      onds,  clock  scan, or the atime, mtime, or ctime options of the
	      file command, to human-readable form.  If the  -format  argument
	      is  present the next argument is a string that describes how the
	      date and time are to be formatted.  Field descriptors consist of
	      a % followed by a field descriptor character.  All other charac‐
	      ters are copied into the result.	Valid field descriptors are:

	      %%     Insert a %.

	      %a     Abbreviated weekday name (Mon, Tue, etc.).

	      %A     Full weekday name (Monday, Tuesday, etc.).

	      %b     Abbreviated month name (Jan, Feb, etc.).

	      %B     Full month name.					       │

	      %c							       │
		     Locale specific date and time.  The format for  date  and │
		     time  in  the default "C" locale on Unix/Mac is "%a %b %d │
		     %H:%M:%S %Y".  On Windows, this value is the locale  spe‐ │
		     cific  long  date	and time, as specified in the Regional │
		     Options control panel settings.			       │

	      %C							       │
		     First two digits of the four-digit year (19 or 20).

	      %d     Day of month (01 - 31).				       │

	      %D							       │
		     Date as %m/%d/%y.					       │

	      %e							       │
		     Day of month (1 - 31), no leading zeros.		       │

	      %h							       │
		     Abbreviated month name.

	      %H     Hour in 24-hour format (00 - 23).			       │

	      %I							       │
		     Hour in 12-hour format (01 - 12).

	      %j     Day of year (001 - 366).				       │

	      %k							       │
		     Hour in 24-hour format, without leading zeros (0 - 23).   │

	      %l							       │
		     Hour in 12-hour format, without leading zeros (1 - 12).

	      %m     Month number (01 - 12).

	      %M     Minute (00 - 59).					       │

	      %n							       │
		     Insert a newline.

	      %p     AM/PM indicator.					       │

	      %r							       │
		     Time in a locale-specific "meridian" format.  The "merid‐ │
		     ian" format in the default "C" locale is "%I:%M:%S %p".   │

	      %R							       │
		     Time as %H:%M.					       │

	      %s							       │
		     Count  of seconds since the epoch, expressed as a decimal │

	      %S     Seconds (00 - 59).					       │

	      %t							       │
		     Insert a tab.					       │

	      %T							       │
		     Time as %H:%M:%S.					       │

	      %u							       │
		     Weekday number (Monday = 1, Sunday = 7).

	      %U     Week of year (00 - 52), Sunday is the first  day  of  the
		     week.						       │

	      %V							       │
		     Week  of  year  according to ISO-8601 rules.  Week 1 of a │
		     given year is the week containing 4 January.	       │

	      %w							       │
		     Weekday number (Sunday = 0, Saturday = 6).

	      %W     Week of year (00 - 52), Monday is the first  day  of  the
		     week.						       │

	      %x							       │
		     Locale  specific  date  format.  The format for a date in │
		     the default "C" locale for Unix/Mac  is  "%m/%d/%y".   On │
		     Windows,  this  value  is	the locale specific short date │
		     format, as specified  in  the  Regional  Options  control │
		     panel settings.					       │

	      %X							       │
		     Locale  specific  24-hour	time format.  The format for a │
		     24-hour time in the default "C" locale  for  Unix/Mac  is │
		     "%H:%M:%S".   On  Windows,	 this value is the locale spe‐ │
		     cific time format, as specified in the  Regional  Options │
		     control panel settings.

	      %y     Year without century (00 - 99).

	      %Y     Year with century (e.g. 1990)

	      %Z     Time zone name.

	      If  the -format argument is not specified, the format string "%a │
	      %b %d %H:%M:%S %Z %Y" is used.  If the -gmt argument is  present
	      the next argument must be a boolean which if true specifies that
	      the time will be formatted as Greenwich Mean Time. If false then
	      the  local  timezone  will  be  used as defined by the operating

       clock scan dateString ?-base clockVal? ?-gmt boolean?
	      Convert dateString to an integer clock  value  (see  clock  sec‐
	      onds).   This  command can parse and convert virtually any stan‐
	      dard date and/or time string, which can  include	standard  time
	      zone  mnemonics.	 If only a time is specified, the current date
	      is assumed.   If	the  string  does  not	contain	 a  time  zone
	      mnemonic,	 the local time zone is assumed, unless the -gmt argu‐
	      ment is true, in which case the clock value is calculated assum‐
	      ing  that the specified time is relative to Greenwich Mean Time.
	      -gmt, if specified, affects only the  computed  time  value;  it
	      does not impact the interpretation of -base.

	      If the -base flag is specified, the next argument should contain
	      an integer clock value.  Only the date in this  value  is	 used,
	      not the time.  This is useful for determining the time on a spe‐
	      cific day or doing other date-relative conversions.

	      The dateString consists of zero or more  specifications  of  the
	      following form:

	      time   A	time  of  day,	which  is  of  the  form: hh?:mm?:ss??
		     ?meridian? ?zone?	or  hhmm  ?meridian?   ?zone?.	If  no
		     meridian  is  specified,  hh  is interpreted on a 24-hour

	      date   A specific month and day with optional year.  The accept‐
		     able formats are mm/dd?/yy?, monthname dd ?, yy?, dd mon‐
		     thname ?yy?, day, dd monthname yy, ?CC?yymmdd, ?CC?yy-mm-
		     dd, dd-monthname-?CC?yy.  The default year is the current
		     year.  If the year is less than 100, we treat  the	 years │
		     00-68 as 2000-2068 and the years 69-99 as 1969-1999.  Not │
		     all platforms can represent the years 38-70, so an	 error │
		     may result if these years are used.

	      ISO 8601 point-in-time
		     An ISO 8601 point-in-time specification, such as CCyymmd‐
		     dThhmmss, where T is the literal T, CCyymmdd  hhmmss,  or

	      relative time
		     A specification relative to the current time.  The format
		     is number unit  acceptable	 units	are  year,  fortnight,
		     month,  week,  day, hour, minute (or min), and second (or
		     sec).  The unit can be specified as a singular or plural,
		     as	 in  3	weeks.	These modifiers may also be specified:
		     tomorrow, yesterday, today, now, last, this, next, ago.

	      The actual date is calculated according to the following	steps.
	      First, any absolute date and/or time is processed and converted.
	      Using that time as  the  base,  day-of-week  specifications  are
	      added.   Next,  relative	specifications are used.  If a date or
	      day is specified, and no absolute or  relative  time  is	given,
	      midnight	is used.  Finally, a correction is applied so that the
	      correct hour of the day is produced after allowing for  daylight
	      savings  time  differences  and  the  correct date is given when
	      going from the end of a long month to a short month.

	      Daylight savings time correction is applied only when the	 rela‐
	      tive  time  is  specified	 in  units  of days or more, ie, days,
	      weeks, fortnights, months or years.  This means that when cross‐
	      ing  the	daylight savings time boundary, different results will
	      be given for clock scan "1 day" and clock scan "24 hours":
		     % clock scan "1 day" -base [clock scan 1999-10-31]
		     % clock scan "24 hours" -base [clock scan 1999-10-31]

       clock seconds
	      Return the current date and time as a  system-dependent  integer
	      value.  The unit of the value is seconds, allowing it to be used
	      for relative time calculations.  The value is usually defined as
	      total  elapsed time from an ``epoch''.  You shouldn't assume the
	      value of the epoch.

       date(1), time(n)

       clock, date, time

Tcl				      8.4			      clock(n)

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