# $EPIC: time_function.txt,v 1.4 2007/07/10 22:09:59 jnelson Exp $
- All arguments, if any, are ignored.
- This function calls your system's time(3) function, which typically returns the number of seconds since the epoch, 1970 Jan 1 00:00:00 GMT.
- In theory, every unix host should have the same time as every other unix host, but getting everyone to agree on the time is like herding cats.
- If you need sub-second resolution, use the $utime() function.
You can convert the UTC value into human readable format using either the $stime() function or the $strftime() function. You can also use the UTC value for tracking the elapsed time between two events.
The number of seconds that have elapsed since the epoch.
$time() might return "850381369"
This function first appeared in ircII.