It's common to come across date strings in log files that you want to convert to a Unixtime. Perl has
Data::Parse which offers a
str2time() function to do this.
use Date::Parse; my $ut = str2time("Thu, 13 Oct 94 10:13:13 +0700") # 782017993;
I wrote a version of
strtotime() in a function that may be more portable. It has the limitation that it does not support timezone strings, but if you don't need them then it is a valid alternative.