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3.2.173 time


This function returns the number of non-leap seconds since January 1, 1970, UTC.[ 10 ] The returned value is suitable for feeding to gmtime and localtime , and for comparison with file modification and access times returned by stat , and for feeding to utime  - see the examples under utime .

[10] Also known as the "epoch", not to be confused with the "epic", which is about the making of UNIX. (Other operating systems may have a different epoch, not to mention a different epic.)