Jeff Epler jepler at unpythonic.net
Sat Jan 24 20:01:19 CET 2004

time.time() returns seconds since a particular time in the past ("the
Epoch"), not seconds since program start or anything like that.

>>> import time
>>> help(time.time)

Help on built-in function time:

    time() -> floating point number
    Return the current time in seconds since the Epoch.
    Fractions of a second may be present if the system clock provides them.

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