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NAME

       strftime - format date and time

SYNOPSIS

       #include <time.h>

       size_t strftime(char *s, size_t max, const char *format,
                           const struct tm *tm);

DESCRIPTION

       The  strftime()  function  formats the broken-down time tm according to
       the format specification format and places the result in the  character
       array s of size max.

       Ordinary characters placed in the format string are copied to s without
       conversion.   Conversion  specifications  are  introduced  by   a   ‘%’
       character,  and terminated by a conversion specifier character, and are
       replaced in s as follows:

       %a     The abbreviated weekday name according to the current locale.

       %A     The full weekday name according to the current locale.

       %b     The abbreviated month name according to the current locale.

       %B     The full month name according to the current locale.

       %c     The preferred date  and  time  representation  for  the  current
              locale.

       %C     The century number (year/100) as a 2-digit integer. (SU)

       %d     The day of the month as a decimal number (range 01 to 31).

       %D     Equivalent  to %m/%d/%y. (Yecch — for Americans only.  Americans
              should note that in other countries %d/%m/%y is  rather  common.
              This   means  that  in  international  context  this  format  is
              ambiguous and should not be used.) (SU)

       %e     Like %d, the day of the month as a decimal number, but a leading
              zero is replaced by a space. (SU)

       %E     Modifier: use alternative format, see below. (SU)

       %F     Equivalent to %Y-%m-%d (the ISO 8601 date format). (C99)

       %G     The ISO 8601 year with century as a decimal number.  The 4-digit
              year corresponding to the ISO week number (see  %V).   This  has
              the  same  format  and  value as %y, except that if the ISO week
              number belongs to the previous or next year, that year  is  used
              instead. (TZ)

       %g     Like %G, but without century, i.e., with a 2-digit year (00-99).
              (TZ)

       %h     Equivalent to %b. (SU)

       %H     The hour as a decimal number using a 24-hour clock (range 00  to
              23).

       %I     The  hour as a decimal number using a 12-hour clock (range 01 to
              12).

       %j     The day of the year as a decimal number (range 001 to 366).

       %k     The hour (24-hour clock) as a decimal number (range  0  to  23);
              single digits are preceded by a blank. (See also %H.) (TZ)

       %l     The  hour  (12-hour  clock) as a decimal number (range 1 to 12);
              single digits are preceded by a blank. (See also %I.) (TZ)

       %m     The month as a decimal number (range 01 to 12).

       %M     The minute as a decimal number (range 00 to 59).

       %n     A newline character. (SU)

       %O     Modifier: use alternative format, see below. (SU)

       %p     Either ‘AM’ or ‘PM’ according to the given time  value,  or  the
              corresponding  strings  for the current locale.  Noon is treated
              as ‘pm’ and midnight as ‘am’.

       %P     Like %p but in lowercase: ‘am’ or ‘pm’ or a corresponding string
              for the current locale. (GNU)

       %r     The  time in a.m. or p.m. notation.  In the POSIX locale this is
              equivalent to ‘%I:%M:%S %p’. (SU)

       %R     The time  in  24-hour  notation  (%H:%M).  (SU)  For  a  version
              including the seconds, see %T below.

       %s     The  number  of  seconds since the Epoch, i.e., since 1970-01-01
              00:00:00 UTC. (TZ)

       %S     The second as a decimal number (range 00 to 60).  (The range  is
              up to 60 to allow for occasional leap seconds.)

       %t     A tab character. (SU)

       %T     The time in 24-hour notation (%H:%M:%S). (SU)

       %u     The  day of the week as a decimal, range 1 to 7, Monday being 1.
              See also %w. (SU)

       %U     The week number of the current year as a decimal  number,  range
              00  to  53,  starting  with the first Sunday as the first day of
              week 01. See also %V and %W.

       %V     The ISO 8601:1988 week number of the current year as  a  decimal
              number,  range 01 to 53, where week 1 is the first week that has
              at least 4 days in the current year,  and  with  Monday  as  the
              first day of the week. See also %U and %W. (SU)

       %w     The  day of the week as a decimal, range 0 to 6, Sunday being 0.
              See also %u.

       %W     The week number of the current year as a decimal  number,  range
              00  to  53,  starting  with the first Monday as the first day of
              week 01.

       %x     The preferred date representation for the current locale without
              the time.

       %X     The preferred time representation for the current locale without
              the date.

       %y     The year as a decimal number without a century (range 00 to 99).

       %Y     The year as a decimal number including the century.

       %z     The  time-zone  as  hour  offset  from  GMT.   Required  to emit
              RFC 822-conformant dates (using "%a, %d  %b  %Y  %H:%M:%S  %z").
              (GNU)

       %Z     The time zone or name or abbreviation.

       %+     The  date  and  time  in  date(1) format. (TZ) (Not supported in
              glibc2.)

       %%     A literal ‘%’ character.

       Some  conversion  specifications  can  be  modified  by  preceding  the
       conversion  specifier character by the E or O modifier to indicate that
       an alternative format should be used.  If  the  alternative  format  or
       specification does not exist for the current locale, the behaviour will
       be as if the unmodified conversion specification were  used.  (SU)  The
       Single  Unix  Specification mentions %Ec, %EC, %Ex, %EX, %Ey, %EY, %Od,
       %Oe, %OH, %OI, %Om, %OM, %OS, %Ou, %OU, %OV, %Ow, %OW, %Oy,  where  the
       effect  of  the  O modifier is to use alternative numeric symbols (say,
       roman numerals), and that of  the  E  modifier  is  to  use  a  locale-
       dependent alternative representation.

       The  broken-down  time  structure  tm is defined in <time.h>.  See also
       ctime(3).

RETURN VALUE

       The strftime() function returns the number of characters placed in  the
       array  s,  not  including  the  terminating NUL character, provided the
       string, including the terminating NUL, fits.  Otherwise, it returns  0,
       and  the contents of the array is undefined.  (Thus at least since libc
       4.4.4; very old versions of libc, such as libc 4.4.1, would return  max
       if the array was too small.)

       Note  that  the  return value 0 does not necessarily indicate an error;
       for example, in many locales %p yields an empty string.

ENVIRONMENT

       The environment variables TZ and LC_TIME are used.

CONFORMING TO

       ANSI C, SVID 3, ISO 9899.  There are strict inclusions between the  set
       of  conversions  given  in ANSI C (unmarked), those given in the Single
       Unix Specification (marked SU), those given in Olson’s timezone package
       (marked  TZ),  and those given in glibc (marked GNU), except that %+ is
       not supported in glibc2. On the other  hand  glibc2  has  several  more
       extensions.   POSIX.1  only  refers  to ANSI C; POSIX.2 describes under
       date(1) several extensions that could apply to strftime() as well.  The
       %F conversion is in C99 and POSIX 1003.1-2001.

       In  SUSv2,  the  %S specified allowed a range of 00 to 61, to allow for
       the theoretical possibility of a minute that  included  a  double  leap
       second (there never has been such a minute).

GLIBC NOTES

       Glibc  provides  some extensions for conversion specifications.  (These
       extensions are not specified in POSIX.1-2001, but a few  other  systems
       provide  similar features.)  Between the % character and the conversion
       specifier character, an optional flag and field width may be specified.
       (These precede the E or O modifiers, if present.)

       The following flag characters are permitted:

       _      (underscore) Pad a numeric result string with spaces.

       -      (dash) Do not pad a numeric result string.

       0      Pad  a  numeric  result string with zeros even if the conversion
              specifier character uses space-padding by default.

       ^      Convert alphabetic characters in result string to upper case.

       #      Swap the case of the result string.  (This flag only works  with
              certain  conversion  specifier  characters,  and of these, it is
              only really useful with %Z).

       An optional decimal width specifier may follow  the  (possibly  absent)
       flag.   If  the  natural  size of the field is smaller than this width,
       then the result string is padded (on the left) to the specified  width.

BUGS

       Some  buggy versions of gcc complain about the use of %c: warning: %c
       yields only  last  2  digits  of  year  in  some  locales.   Of  course
       programmers  are  encouraged to use %c, it gives the preferred date and
       time representation. One meets all kinds  of  strange  obfuscations  to
       circumvent  this  gcc  problem.  A  relatively  clean  one is to add an
       intermediate function
              size_t my_strftime(char *s, size_t max, const char  *fmt,  const
              struct tm *tm) {
                   return strftime(s, max, fmt, tm);
              }

EXAMPLE

       The program below can be used to experiment with strftime().

       #include <time.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>

       int
       main(int argc, char *argv[])
       {
           char outstr[200];
           time_t t;
           struct tm *tmp;

           t = time(NULL);
           tmp = localtime(&t);
           if (tmp == NULL) {
               perror("localtime");
               exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
           }

           if (strftime(outstr, sizeof(outstr), argv[1], tmp) == 0) {
               fprintf(stderr, "strftime returned 0");
               exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
           }

           printf("Result string is \"%s\"\n", outstr);
           exit(EXIT_SUCCESS);
       } /* main */

       Some examples of the result string produced by the glibc implementation
       of strftime() are as follows:

       $ ./a.out "%m"
       Result string is "11"
       $ ./a.out "%5m"
       Result string is "00011"
       $ ./a.out "%_5m"
       Result string is "   11"

SEE ALSO

       date(1), time(2), ctime(3), setlocale(3), sprintf(3), strptime(3)