I AM SO FRUSTRATED I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYTHING FAILSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I AM WORKING WITH THE DS3231 MODULE, AND IVE GOT THE LIBRARY AS WELL AS wire.h BUT IT WONT STOP TELLING ME THAT THE gettime function doesnt exist??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Please post your full sketch.

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We're frustrated, too. Why does nobody ever Read this before posting a programming question.

YELLING at the forum is a guarantee of few responses.

Which Library have you included in your sketch for DS3231 RTC Module?

and is it the gettime function, or the getTime function?

It is very frustrating when you grab a sketch from the Internet and they don't say which of the MANY DS3231 libraries thy used. There are FOURTEEN libraries that show up when you search Library Manager for "DS3231". Sometimes your best bet is to do a Google search for DS3231 and gettime. That MIGHT lead you to the one library that was used in the sketch you are trying to compile.