#include <time.h> clock_t clock(void);
Note that the time can wrap around. On a 32-bit system where CLOCKS_PER_SEC equals 1000000 this function will return the same value approximately every 72 minutes.
On several other implementations, the value returned by clock() also includes the times of any children whose status has been collected via wait(2) (or another wait-type call). Linux does not include the times of waited-for children in the value returned by clock(). The times(2) function, which explicitly returns (separate) information about the caller and its children, may be preferable.
In glibc 2.17 and earlier, clock() was implemented on top of times(2). For improved accuracy, since glibc 2.18, it is implemented on top of clock_gettime(2) (using the CLOCK_PROCESS_CPUTIME_ID clock).