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The resulting values will be relative to the local time zone. Thus, it can be considered the reverse operation of .Xr strftime 3 . .Pp The .Fa format string consists of zero or more conversion specifications and ordinary characters. All ordinary characters are matched exactly with the buffer, where white space in the format string will match any amount of white space in the buffer. All conversion specifications are identical to those described in .Xr strftime 3 . .Pp Two-digit year values, including formats .Fa %y and .Fa \&%D , are now interpreted as beginning at 1969 per POSIX requirements. Years 69-00 are interpreted in the 20th century (1969-2000), years 01-68 in the 21st century (2001-2068). .Pp If the .Fa format string does not contain enough conversion specifications to completely specify the resulting .Vt struct tm , the unspecified members of .Va tm are left untouched. For example, if .Fa format is .Dq Li "%H:%M:%S" , only .Va tm_hour , .Va tm_sec and .Va tm_min will be modified. If time relative to today is desired, initialize the .Fa tm structure with today's date before passing it to .Fn strptime . .Pp While the .Fn strptime function uses the current locale, the .Fn strptime_l function may be passed a locale directly. See .Xr xlocale 3 for more information. .Sh RETURN VALUES Upon successful completion, .Fn strptime returns the pointer to the first character in .Fa buf that has not been required to satisfy the specified conversions in .Fa format . It returns .Dv NULL if one of the conversions failed. .Sh LEGACY DESCRIPTION In legacy mode, the .Fa %Y format specifier expects exactly 4 digits (leaving any trailing digits for the next specifier). .Sh SEE ALSO .Xr date 1 , .Xr scanf 3 , .Xr strftime 3 , .Xr xlocale 3 .Sh HISTORY The .Fn strptime function appeared in .Fx 3.0 . .Sh AUTHORS The .Fn strptime function has been contributed by Powerdog Industries. .Pp This man page was written by .An J\(:org Wunsch . .Sh BUGS Both the .Fa %e and .Fa %l format specifiers may incorrectly scan one too many digits if the intended values comprise only a single digit and that digit is followed immediately by another digit. Both specifiers accept zero-padded values, even though they are both defined as taking unpadded values. .Pp The .Fa %p format specifier has no effect unless it is parsed .Em after hour-related specifiers. Specifying .Fa %l without .Fa %p will produce undefined results. Note that 12AM (ante meridiem) is taken as midnight and 12PM (post meridiem) is taken as noon. .Pp The .Fa %U and .Fa %W format specifiers accept any value within the range 00 to 53 without validating against other values supplied (like month or day of the year, for example). .Pp The .Fa %Z format specifier only accepts time zone abbreviations of the local time zone, or the value "GMT". This limitation is because of ambiguity due to of the over loading of time zone abbreviations. One such example is .Fa EST which is both Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Australia Summer Time. .Pp The .Fn strptime function does not correctly handle multibyte characters in the .Fa format argument.