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Returns the current date and time in absolute time format.
The F$TIME function has no arguments, but must be followed by
A character string containing the current date and time. The
returned string has the following fixed, 23-character format:
When the current day of the month is any of the values 1 to 9,
the first character in the returned string is a blank character.
The time portion of the string is always in character position
13, at an offset of 12 characters from the beginning of the
Note that you must use the assignment operator (=) to preserve
the blank character in the returned string. If you use the string
assignment operator (:=), the leading blank is dropped.
$ OPEN/WRITE OUTFILE DATA.DAT
$ TIME_STAMP = F$TIME()
$ WRITE OUTFILE TIME_STAMP
This example shows how to use the F$TIME function to time-stamp
a file that you create from a command procedure. OUTFILE is
the logical name for the file DATA.DAT, which is opened for
writing. The F$TIME function returns the current date and time
string, and assigns this string to the symbol TIME_STAMP. The
WRITE command writes the date and time string to OUTFILE.