Determining actual elapsed (wall-clock) time

Bengt Richter bokr at
Sun Jul 3 21:57:27 CEST 2005

On Sat, 2 Jul 2005 19:44:19 -0400, Tim Peters <tim.peters at> wrote:

>[Peter Hansen]
>> Hmmm... not only that, but at least under XP the return value of
>> time.time() _is_ UTC.  At least, it's entirely unaffected by the
>> daylight savings time change, or (apparently) by changes in time zone.
>On all platforms, time.time() returns the number of seconds "since the
>epoch".  All POSIX systems agree on when "the epoch" began, but that
>doesn't really matter to your use case.  Number of seconds since the
>epoch is insensitive to daylight time, time zone, leap seconds, etc.=20
>Users can nevertheless make it appear to jump (into the future or the
>past) by changing their system clock.  If you need an absolute measure
>of time immune to user whims, you need to connect to special hardware,
>or to an external time source.

For the latter, Peter, you can probably adapt Paul Rubin'
found at

Bengt Richter

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