29 Time library [time]

29.7 Clocks [time.clock]

29.7.3 Class utc_clock [time.clock.utc] Overview [time.clock.utc.overview]

namespace std::chrono { class utc_clock { public: using rep = a signed arithmetic type; using period = ratio<unspecified, unspecified>; using duration = chrono::duration<rep, period>; using time_point = chrono::time_point<utc_clock>; static constexpr bool is_steady = unspecified; static time_point now(); template<class Duration> static sys_time<common_type_t<Duration, seconds>> to_sys(const utc_time<Duration>& t); template<class Duration> static utc_time<common_type_t<Duration, seconds>> from_sys(const sys_time<Duration>& t); }; }
In contrast to sys_time, which does not take leap seconds into account, utc_clock and its associated time_point, utc_time, count time, including leap seconds, since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC.
[Note 1: 
The UTC time standard began on 1972-01-01 00:00:10 TAI. To measure time since this epoch instead, one can add/subtract the constant sys_days{1972y/1/1} - sys_days{1970y/1/1} (63'072'000s) from the utc_time.
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[Example 1: 
clock_cast<utc_clock>(sys_seconds{sys_days{1970y/January/1}}).time_since_epoch() is 0s.

clock_cast<utc_clock>(sys_seconds{sys_days{2000y/January/1}}).time_since_epoch() is 946'684'822s,
which is 10'957 * 86'400s + 22s.

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utc_clock is not a Cpp17TrivialClock unless the implementation can guarantee that utc_clock​::​now() does not propagate an exception.
[Note 2: 
noexcept(from_sys(system_clock​::​now())) is false.
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