Perl Timestamp two-liner

I was surprised that Perl does not have a convenient oneliner to get a timestamp fast enough, such as Ruby has. Nonetheless I did not give up and researched a bit to come up with the following:

my @now = localtime;

This outputs something like “20091006”.

Though this is a two-liner, it is best I have found this far.

2 thoughts on “Perl Timestamp two-liner

    • Thanks, Miguel,

      But one would first need include the POSIX module, which would make it still a two-liner with the overhead of module loading.
      If POSIX is already loaded, then of course strftime would be shorter.


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