Gets the current date and time of day. ASKTIME updates the CICS date in EIBDATE and CICS time-of-day clock in EIBTIME fields in the EIB. These two fields initially contain the date and time when the task started.

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ABSTIME(data-area) -

Specifies the data area for the number of milliseconds since 00:00 on 1 January 1900 known as absolute time. The time is returned as a packed decimal of length 8 bytes. The data-area declaration in Cobol is PIC S9(15) COMP-3.