RSyslog Documentation




Converts an RFC 3164 or RFC 3339 formatted date/time string to a UNIX timestamp (an integer value representing the number of seconds since the UNIX epoch: 1970-01-01T00:00:0Z).

If the input to the function is not a properly formatted RFC 3164 or RFC 3339 date/time string, or cannot be parsed, 0 is returned and script_error() will be set to error state.


This function does not support unusual RFC 3164 dates/times that contain year or time zone information.


Fractional seconds (if present) in RFC 3339 date/time strings will be discarded.


In the following example a timestamp is parsed into an integer.

parse_time("Oct 5 01:10:11") # Assumes the current year (2017, in this example)



See also

Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

  • Mailing list - best route for general questions
  • GitHub: rsyslog source project - detailed questions, reporting issues that are believed to be bugs with Rsyslog
  • Stack Exchange (View, Ask) - experimental support from rsyslog community

See also

Contributing to Rsyslog:

Copyright 2008-2020 Rainer Gerhards (Großrinderfeld), and Others.

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