I agree with the other posters about using something already built into Windows, but Date::Manip
also lets you do this fairly nicely:
my $now = time();
my $next = &UnixDate(&ParseDate("8am"), "%s");
$next += 24 * 60 * 60 if $next < $now;
sleep($next - $now);
parses the "8am", and UnixDate()
with the "%s
" format gives us the number we want. We jump ahead 24 hours if the time parsed is before the current time. A more correct way to do this would be to re-do the ParseDate with "tomorrow at 8am" instead of "8am", since DST could muck this up. I can't find a way to tell ParseDate to use the next future occurrence of "8am" instead of assuming "today at 8am" without messing up the pre-8am case.
ParseDate is also somewhat slow.