Print a Timestamp

TIMESTAMP is a C++ library which can print or return the current YMDHMS date as a timestamp.

This is useful when documenting the run of a program. By including a timestamp, the output of the program will always contain a clear indication of when it was created. Other indicators, such as the file timestamp, may be misleading or subject to unintentional modification.

TIMESTAMP simply gives the current time. If you are trying to do careful timings of the speed of execution of a computer code, this may not be very accurate, especially on a computer that uses timesharing. In that case, there are better solutions that measure just the CPU time associated with your process.


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TIMESTAMP is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version and a Python version.

Related Data and Programs:

TIMER, a C++ library which can be used to measure elapsed CPU time, rather than elapsed real time.

WTIME, a C++ library which returns a reading of the wall clock time in seconds.

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Last revised on 05 June 2011.