in reply to Get Exact Time w/out Modules

So you have Perl, but no modules. I suspect that you will soon begin to conclude the Perl is a pain to program with. If you aren't going to be able to take advantage of the CPAN, then there seems to be very little sense in having Perl installed at all. It sounds to me like it would be much more to your advantage to program with a lower-level langauge, like C.