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boost::date_time::parse_delimited_time_duration — Creates a time_duration object from a delimited string.
// In header: <boost/date_time/time_parsing.hpp> template<typename time_duration> time_duration parse_delimited_time_duration(const std::string & s);
Expected format for string is "[-]h[h][:mm][:ss][.fff]". If the number of fractional digits provided is greater than the precision of the time duration type then the extra digits are truncated.
A negative duration will be created if the first character in string is a '-', all other '-' will be treated as delimiters. Accepted delimiters are "-:,.".