This section describes facilities for keeping track of calendar time.
See Time Basics.
The GNU C library represents calendar time three ways:
Simple time (the time_t data type) is a compact
representation, typically giving the number of seconds of elapsed time
since some implementation-specific base time.
There is also a "high-resolution time" representation. Like simple
time, this represents a calendar time as an elapsed time since a base
time, but instead of measuring in whole seconds, it uses a struct
timeval data type, which includes fractions of a second. Use this time
representation instead of simple time when you need greater precision.
Local time or broken-down time (the struct tm data
type) represents a calendar time as a set of components specifying the
year, month, and so on in the Gregorian calendar, for a specific time
zone. This calendar time representation is usually used only to
communicate with people.