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PARSEDATE(3) Library Functions Manual PARSEDATE(3) NAME parsedate -- date parsing function LIBRARY System Utilities Library (libutil, -lutil) SYNOPSIS #include <util.h> time_t parsedate(const char *datestr, const time_t *time, const int *tzoff); DESCRIPTION The parsedate() function parses a datetime from datestr described in English relative to an optional time point, and an optional timezone offset (in minutes behind/west of UTC) specified in tzoff. If time is NULL then the current time is used. If tzoff is NULL, then the current time zone is used. The datestr is a sequence of white-space separated items. The white- space is optional the concatenated items are not ambiguous. An empty datestr is equivalent to midnight today (the beginning of this day). The following words have the indicated numeric meanings: last = -1, this = 0, first, next, or one = 1, second is unused so that it is not confused with ``seconds'', two = 2, third or three = 3, fourth or four = 4, fifth or five = 5, sixth or six = 6, seventh or seven = 7, eighth or eight = 8, ninth or nine = 9, tenth or ten = 10, eleventh or eleven = 11, twelfth or twelve = 12. The following words are recognized in English only: AM, PM, a.m., p.m. The months: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, sept, october, november, december, The days of the week: sunday, monday, tuesday, tues, wednesday, wednes, thursday, thur, thurs, friday, saturday. Time units: year, month, fortnight, week, day, hour, minute, min, second, sec, tomorrow, yesterday. Timezone names: gmt, ut, utc, wet, bst, wat, at, ast, adt, est, edt, cst, cdt, mst, mdt, pst, pdt, yst, ydt, hst, hdt, cat, ahst, nt, idlw, cet, met, mewt, mest, swt, sst, fwt, fst, eet, bt, zp4, zp5, zp6, wast, wadt, cct, jst, east, eadt, gst, nzt, nzst, nzdt, idle. A variety of unambiguous dates are recognized: 9/10/69 For years between 69-99 we assume 1900+ and for years between 0-68 we assume 2000+. 2006-11-17 An ISO-8601 date. 69-09-10 The year in an ISO-8601 date is always taken literally, so this is the year 69, not 2069. 10/1/2000 October 10, 2000; the common US format. 20 Jun 1994 23jun2001 1-sep-06 Other common abbreviations. 1/11 The year can be omitted. This is the US month/day format. As well as times: 10:01 10:12pm 12:11:01.000012 12:21-0500 Relative items are also supported: -1 month last friday one week ago this thursday next sunday +2 years Seconds since epoch (also known as UNIX time) are also supported: @735275209 Tue Apr 20 03:06:49 UTC 1993 RETURN VALUES parsedate() returns the number of seconds passed since the Epoch, or -1 if the date could not be parsed properly. A non-error result of -1 can be distinguished from an error by setting errno to 0 before calling parsedate(), and checking the value of errno afterwards. SEE ALSO date(1), errno(2), eeprom(8) HISTORY The parser used in parsedate() was originally written by Steven M. Bellovin while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was later tweaked by a couple of people on Usenet. Completely overhauled by Rich $alz and Jim Berets in August, 1990. The parsedate() function first appeared in NetBSD 4.0. BUGS 1 The parsedate() function is not re-entrant or thread-safe. 2 The parsedate() function cannot compute days before the unix epoch (19700101). 3 The parsedate() function assumes years less than 0 mean - year, years less than 70 mean 2000 + year, years less than 100 mean 1900 + year. NetBSD 7.1.2 October 8, 2014 NetBSD 7.1.2