Current Time with 5 digits of milliseconds

Discussion in 'Perl Misc' started by ambarish.mitra, May 12, 2008.

  1. I need to get the current date-time with milliseconds upto 5 places of

    That is, 20080512T12094565266 => YYYY MM DD T HH mm SS ms-5 digits

    Here, 65266 is the milli-second with 5 places of precision.

    I tried with the module DateTime, but that does not give the

    use DateTime;
    my $dt = DateTime->now( time_zone => 'floating' );

    Any idea how this can be achieved in Perl?

    ambarish.mitra, May 12, 2008
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  2. $ perl -le'
    use Time::HiRes q/gettimeofday/;
    use POSIX q/strftime/;
    print substr strftime( q/%Y%m%dT%H%M%S/, localtime ) . ( gettimeofday )[
    1 ] . q/00000/, 0, 20;

    Of course there is no guarantee that the microseconds will apply to the
    seconds field that strftime produces.

    John W. Krahn, May 12, 2008
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  3. No, 652.66 would be milliseconds with 5 digit (two decimal places) precision
    C> perl -mDateTime -e "$dt=DateTime->now; print $dt->second"

    C> perl -mDateTime -e "$dt=DateTime->now; print $dt->nanosecond"
    RedGrittyBrick, May 12, 2008
  4. Sorry, but the pure milliseconds can only have 3 digits.
    I guess you mean you want the time with a resolution of
    10 microseconds, i.e. 5 digits of resolution for the
    sub-seconds part
    But DateTime gives you the even better resolution of nano-
    seconds (how useful that is is another question;-). Just
    use the nanoseconds divided by 10_000 (or the milliseconds
    method, divided by 10) and you get the sub-second part of
    the time in 5-digits. so use

    $dt->nanosecond / 10000


    $dt->microsecond / 10

    i.e., if you want to print something like "20080512T12094565266" do

    printf "%sT%s%05d", $dt->ymd( '' ), $dt->hms( '' ), $dt->microsecond / 10;

    But: Initialisation of a DateTime object with 'now' doesn't seem
    to set sub-second values. In order to get the current time with
    better than second resolution into your DateTime object you thus
    may have to use

    use DateTime;
    use Time::HiRes qw/ gettimeofday /;

    my ( $s, $us ) = gettimeofday;
    my $dt = DateTime->from_epoch( epoch => $s + 1.0e-6 * $us,
    time_zone => 'floating' );
    printf "%sT%s%05d", $dt->ymd( '' ), $dt->hms( '' ), $dt->microsecond / 10;

    Regards, Jens
    Jens Thoms Toerring, May 12, 2008
  5. Since "milli" means "one thousandth", milliseconds by definition have
    exactly 3 places of precision. The term you are looking for is
    "fractional seconds".

    Peter J. Holzer, May 12, 2008
  6. That's because you are getting the "current time" twice: Once with
    localtime and once with gettimeofday, and then you use the seconds from
    the first call and the microseconds from the second call. Of course the
    seconds may have changed between the calls. If you get the current time
    only once that cannot happen:

    my ($seconds, $microseconds) = gettimeofday;
    print strftime( q/%Y%m%dT%H%M%S/, localtime($seconds)),
    sprintf("%05d", $microseconds/10);

    (your code also prints the fractional part wrong: 2713 microseconds
    should be printed as 00271 but is printed as 27130)

    Peter J. Holzer, May 12, 2008
  7. Thanks Peter, I didn't know how microseconds were represented.

    John W. Krahn, May 12, 2008
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