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NAME

       curl_getdate - Convert a date string to number of seconds

SYNOPSIS

       #include <curl/curl.h>

       time_t curl_getdate(char *datestring, time_t *now );

DESCRIPTION

       curl_getdate(3)  returns  the number of seconds since the Epoch, January 1st 1970 00:00:00
       in the UTC time zone, for the date and time that the datestring parameter  specifies.  The
       now parameter is not used, pass a NULL there.

PARSING DATES AND TIMES

       A  "date"  is  a string containing several items separated by whitespace. The order of the
       items is immaterial.  A date string may contain many flavors of items:

       calendar date items
               Can be specified several ways.  Month  names  can  only  be  three-letter  english
               abbreviations,  numbers  can  be zero-prefixed and the year may use 2 or 4 digits.
               Examples: 06 Nov 1994, 06-Nov-94 and Nov-94 6.

       time of the day items
               This string specifies the time on a given day. You must specify it with  6  digits
               with two colons: HH:MM:SS. To not include the time in a date string, will make the
               function assume 00:00:00. Example: 18:19:21.

       time zone items
               Specifies international time zone. There are a  few  acronyms  supported,  but  in
               general  you  should  instead  use  the  specific  relative  time compared to UTC.
               Supported formats include: -1200, MST, +0100.

       day of the week items
               Specifies a day of the week. Days of the week may be spelled out  in  full  (using
               english):  `Sunday', `Monday', etc or they may be abbreviated to their first three
               letters. This is usually not info that adds anything.

       pure numbers
               If a decimal number of the form YYYYMMDD appears, then YYYY is read as  the  year,
               MM  as the month number and DD as the day of the month, for the specified calendar
               date.

EXAMPLES

       Sun, 06 Nov 1994 08:49:37 GMT
       Sunday, 06-Nov-94 08:49:37 GMT
       Sun Nov  6 08:49:37 1994
       06 Nov 1994 08:49:37 GMT
       06-Nov-94 08:49:37 GMT
       Nov  6 08:49:37 1994
       06 Nov 1994 08:49:37
       06-Nov-94 08:49:37
       1994 Nov 6 08:49:37
       GMT 08:49:37 06-Nov-94 Sunday
       94 6 Nov 08:49:37
       1994 Nov 6
       06-Nov-94
       Sun Nov 6 94
       1994.Nov.6
       Sun/Nov/6/94/GMT
       Sun, 06 Nov 1994 08:49:37 CET
       06 Nov 1994 08:49:37 EST
       Sun, 12 Sep 2004 15:05:58 -0700
       Sat, 11 Sep 2004 21:32:11 +0200
       20040912 15:05:58 -0700
       20040911 +0200

STANDARDS

       This parser was written to handle date formats specified in RFC 822 (including the  update
       in  RFC  1123) using time zone name or time zone delta and RFC 850 (obsoleted by RFC 1036)
       and ANSI C's asctime() format. These  formats  are  the  only  ones  RFC  7231  says  HTTP
       applications may use.

RETURN VALUE

       This  function returns -1 when it fails to parse the date string. Otherwise it returns the
       number of seconds as described.

       On systems with a signed 32 bit time_t: if the year is larger than 2037 or less than 1903,
       this function will return -1.

       On  systems  with  an unsigned 32 bit time_t: if the year is larger than 2106 or less than
       1970, this function will return -1.

       On systems with 64 bit time_t: if the year is less than 1583, this  function  will  return
       -1.  (The  Gregorian  calendar was first introduced 1582 so no "real" dates in this way of
       doing dates existed before then.)

SEE ALSO

       curl_easy_escape(3), curl_easy_unescape(3), CURLOPT_TIMECONDITION(3), CURLOPT_TIMEVALUE(3)