cheap equivalent of now()

Gaspar Chilingarov nm@REDACTED
Mon May 22 10:21:42 CEST 2006

Hi all!

I've searched erlang documentation but without any positive results...

Are there a way to get unix_timestamp at low cost? Even not-so-precise
as erlang:now() - it may be even a little bit illegal - say several
seconds back of real time ...

I wish to have time recorded with a several second precision, but making
too much erlang:now() calls is not a good idea -- at least
gettimeoffay() for C applications can create serios slowdown of program.

Seems, that the only way to achieve this is a creating standalone
process and requesting timestamp from it?

Gaspar Chilingarov

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Network security consulting

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