Unix Time

Unix time, or POSIX time, is a system for describing instances in time, defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), 1 January 1970, not counting leap seconds. It is used widely in Unix-like and many other operating systems and file formats. It is neither a linear representation of time nor a true representation of UTC. Unix time may be checked on some Unix systems by typing date +%s on the command line.

Example: 1353675810 (ISO 8601:2012-11-23 13:03:30Z)


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... of years (hundreds of gigaseconds) in the future that apparently still uses the Unix epoch, despite the apparent problems that would have arisen with older Unix systems following the Year 2038 problem ... responsible for maintenance of old computer systems first believes that the epoch refers to the time when man first walked on the moon, but then realises that it is "the 0-second of one of Humankind ...

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