`time` is a command line utility for running another program and summarizing resource usage

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Run a command for a specified time and then abort if time exceeds

I want know how I can run a command for a specified time say, one minute and if it doesn't complete execution then I should be able to stop it.
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Forcing an 'added' alias to every command

Is it possible to forcibly add a timing alias (for lack of a better way to phrase it) to every command in bash? For example, I would like to have a specific user who whenever a command is run, it is ...
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Obtain user and kernel time of a running process?

Is there way to determine using standard Linux/Unix tools how much a process has spent in User mode and how much waiting for kernel? In other words, exactly the "user" and "sys" values that you get ...
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Measuring time within a script

This thread shows how to measure the time it takes to run a script. In my case, I am interested in measuring time between two points within a script. Here is an example of how I would like to use ...
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NTP tool for showing deviance to a certain server

I am searching for a command-line that allows me to check the system time deviance to a NTP server specified on the command-line. I don't want to change/adapt the system time - only displays the ...
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Is there a way to adjust the formatting of the date/time in the GNOME 3 login screen and desktop?

I'm specifically looking to change the formatting in two places: On the desktop, the date/time reads "Sat 21:05". I would like it to read "23-Jul-11 21:05" or "23 Jul 11 21:05". In other words, I ...
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Convert linux sysuptime to well format date

I want to display /proc/uptime in well format as: DD:HH:MM:SS /proc/uptime give me up time of system in seconds, is there a standard solution that convert seconds to this format?
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How can other processes affect measurements made with `time`?

If I time a process using the time command, I get output for 'real', 'user', and 'sys'. My understanding from this discussion is that 'real' is wall time, whereas 'user' and 'sys' are process time. ...
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How do you time how long a command took to run? [duplicate]

How would you find out how long a running process took to complete? Example: date; dd bs=1m if=/foo of=bar; date ^This example only has 1 second of resolution. Any shell is acceptable.
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Can I write the output the of time difference command to a file?

Can I write the output of the time difference command to a file? For example, I tried: $ time foo.sh > bar.txt But it only gives the output of foo.sh to bar.txt.
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When was file created [duplicate]

How can i see when a file was created. I have looked at man page ls -lc is for last modification of file status ls -lu for access time ls -l not exactly indicated which time, last changed? I ...
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How long system has been awake / running / since restart

First and foremost I want to know how long my laptop (unix, apple, OSX 10.9 mavericks) has been 'awake' (i.e. how long its been open, or since it last 'slept'). I' also be interested in how long ...
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Get the newest file from directory structure year/month/date/time

I store backups of databases in a directory structure year/month/day/time/backup_name an example would be basics_mini/2012/11/05/012232/RATIONAL.0.db2inst1.NODE0000.20110505004037.001 basics_mini/...
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Increase %e precision with /usr/bin/time shell command

When I run the time command in shell time ./myapp I get an output like the following: real 0m0.668s user 0m0.112s sys 0m0.028s However,when I run the command \time -f %e ./myapp I lose ...
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Why real time can be lower than user time

I have a script converting video files and I run it at server on test data and measure its time by time. In result I saw: real 2m48.326s user 6m57.498s sys 0m3.120s Why real time is that ...
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Why does Unix time start at 1970-01-01?

Why does Unix time start at 1970-01-01? Why not 1971-01-01 or any other date?
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How to get the time of several commands with a loop

I have this command: time -p sh -c 'command1; command2;' So command1and command2 is executed and I get the real, user and sys time printed on the console. But I want that command1; command2; is ...
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Memory usage command with syntax similar to the time command

What command shows the memory usage of a program, i am looking for a command that is simple to use and has similar syntax to the time command. I am trying to find the memory usage of a md5 hashing ...
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Sleep until next occurrence of specific time

I need a series of commands or a single command that sleeps until the next occurrence of a specific time like "4:00" occurs. How would I do that? The at command or a cronjob is not a option because ...
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Why would the “real” time be much higher than the “user” and “sys” times combined?

I execute and time many commands (i.e. nslookup) through SSH and I collect the total time needed for the implied service to complete (i.e. DNS). So I collect the user and sys time as the real time ...
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Why bash time is more precise then GNU time?

The buitin bash command time gives milisecond precision of execution and GNU time (usually /usr/bin/time) gives centisecond precision. The times(2) syscall gives times in clocks, and 100 clocks = 1 ...
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linux patches related to time measurement accuracy?

Is there a set of patches around for linux kernel that address accuracy of (system, rather than user) process time? i've heard about RTLinux, but i don't really need the actual real-time scheduling ...
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How to adjust time command to measure a program elapsed time

I'm trying to get the time that my program takes to finish (aka elapsed time) so I'm using the common time. What I get by doing this is 3 measurements: user, system and total. This is fine but I ...
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What is “system time” when using “time” in command line

Im using time to time a Perl script on standard terminal in Ubuntu 14.04. I have read that real time is stopwatch time; the time I, as a user, is spending looking at the program running from I start ...
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Command to monitor elapsed time in background?

I've been trying to find a decent way to monitor elapsed time in the shell. Basically, I'm asking for a stopwatch. The end result is easy enough to accomplish; I've seen examples of using time read, ...
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Stable timing for shell scripts?

The run times of scripts vary quite much. I would like to find similar time -function as Matlab's timeit, described here. For instance, I am evaluating these commands here about counting quickly ...
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How can I conditionally pass a subshell through 'time'?

I have a setup script for a Vagrant box where I used to measure single steps with time. Now I would like to conditionally enable or disable the time measurements. For example, previously a line would ...
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How to control the time that users spend on

I need a solution that allows me to control the time that each user spend on the computer, excluding idle time (some kind of parental control). I've tried timekpr, but it doesn't work on Ubuntu 13.10. ...
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/etc/shadow date of last password change—UTC or local time?

man 5 shadow gives the following description of the third field in each line: The date of the last password change, expressed as the number of days since Jan 1, 1970. The value 0 has a ...
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Why doesn't *nix keep track of file creation time? [closed]

I know about ctime and mtime and that their behavior is platform dependent. As I understand it, *nix does not have any way of keeping track of file creation time. Is this a historical accident? If ...
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linux disk caching affects access times reported by stat?

On Ubuntu 12.04 I did the following stat a file cat the same file stat the file again cat the file again after 5 min stat the file The access time reported at 3. reflects the point at which 2. was ...
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Will I be prompted for the sudo password a second time?

This is what I plan to do: #!/bin/bash sudo -i <<'EOF' iptables-save | awk '/^[*]/ { print $1 } /^:[A-Z]+ [^-]/ { print $1 " ACCEPT" ; } /COMMIT/ { print $0; ...
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How can I determine the wall clock time of a process?

I have found the general Linux program time, which times a command. For example, suppose I want to time the execution of foo. I can use: time foo which gives this sample output: real 0m8.738s ...
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define own time in linux

how to set time in linux in that way: 1 second define as 10 seconds (10 second = 1 secods of own time) I want fool all processes runned there to use 10x faster time. so sleep(1) will last 0.1 real ...
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Is there a way to add some info about time/date to TTY prompt?

If you have a graphical display manager, you can notice date and time there, but I haven't seen such a thing when it comes to TTY. If I want to check the current time (or date) I have to log in. It's ...
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I need to learn how to convert regular time and date format into unix time format

I am trying to edit a URL on google locatiion history. I need to know how to enter february 15 2013 in unix time format (the 10 digit format) I'm not a computer whiz so if anyone can just give me the ...