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Re^2: Epoch time in milliseconds: Is there a better way?

by logan (Curate)
on Nov 25, 2008 at 06:08 UTC ( #725771=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Yup, microseconds. You are correct, sir. I will endeavor to more closely RTFM.

What use are you putting the result to?

What I'm doing is simulating a browser transaction and one of the required parameters is epoch time in milliseconds. I don't actually need the result to be millisecond accurate. I just need to pass a 13-digit number with no decimals as one of the parameters in the request. While millisecond accuracy would be nice, all I really need is for the number to be the right number of digits and for the value to be accurate to within a minute or two.

Why not use the scalar context floating point result instead of a nasty string concatenation that will fail in nasty ways about 1/10th of the time?

Ah! I think I get it:

use Time::HiRes qw(gettimeofday); my $timestamp = int (gettimeofday * 1000); print STDOUT "timestamp = $timestamp\n"; exit; Output: timestamp = 1227593060768
One line, no sprintf, and it's definitely a number so a potential future s/printf won't choke.

-Logan
"What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."


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Re^3: Epoch time in milliseconds: Is there a better way?
by GrandFather (Cardinal) on Nov 25, 2008 at 06:42 UTC

    Or if you don't need the the time stamp later you could:

    print STDOUT "timestamp = ", int (gettimeofday * 1000), "\n";

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Re^3: Epoch time in milliseconds: Is there a better way?
by Xilman (Friar) on Nov 25, 2008 at 12:31 UTC
    If all you want is "minute or two" accuracy, you don't need a hires timer. Just set the milliseconds portion of your string to '000'. You are still two orders of magnitude better accuracy than the spec calls for.
      It's true, I don't actually need real accuracy for the script to work, but my feeling is that having an accurate timestamp can't hurt. Also, I may want/need to use the data at some point in the future so I might as well do it right the first time.

      -Logan
      "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

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