Perl 5 version 12.3 documentation
Converts a time as returned by the time function to a 9-element list with the time analyzed for the local time zone. Typically used as follows:
All list elements are numeric, and come straight out of the C `struct tm'.
$hourare the seconds, minutes, and hours of the specified time.
$mdayis the day of the month, and
$monis the month itself, in the range
0..11with 0 indicating January and 11 indicating December. This makes it easy to get a month name from a list:
$yearis the number of years since 1900, not just the last two digits of the year. That is,
123in year 2023. The proper way to get a 4-digit year is simply:
- $year += 1900;
Otherwise you create non-Y2K-compliant programs--and you wouldn't want to do that, would you?
To get the last two digits of the year (e.g., '01' in 2001) do:
- $year = sprintf("%02d", $year % 100);
$wdayis the day of the week, with 0 indicating Sunday and 3 indicating Wednesday.
$ydayis the day of the year, in the range
0..365in leap years.)
$isdstis true if the specified time occurs during Daylight Saving Time, false otherwise.
If EXPR is omitted,
localtime()uses the current time (as returned by time(3)).
In scalar context,
localtime()returns the ctime(3) value:
- $now_string = localtime; # e.g., "Thu Oct 13 04:54:34 1994"
This scalar value is not locale dependent but is a Perl builtin. For GMT instead of local time use the gmtime builtin. See also the
Time::Localmodule (to convert the second, minutes, hours, ... back to the integer value returned by time()), and the POSIX module's strftime(3) and mktime(3) functions.
To get somewhat similar but locale dependent date strings, set up your locale environment variables appropriately (please see perllocale) and try for example:
Note that the
%b, the short forms of the day of the week and the month of the year, may not necessarily be three characters wide.
See localtime in perlport for portability concerns.
For a comprehensive date and time representation look at the DateTime module on CPAN.