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For example, I need to do "make " for some software. I want to measurement how long this is going take.

Is there easy and accurate way to do so?

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Use the time built-in. Example: time make install – n0pe Mar 7 '12 at 6:59
Note that there is a time built-in and a more complete /usr/bin/time program. – Coren Mar 7 '12 at 7:30
up vote 6 down vote accepted

You can use the shell builtin time. Just write it in front of the usual command like: time make.

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