I'd like to compare the time to completion for compression algorithms and parameters. I'm confident that the inputs will be set up properly. In order to save space and avoid some variability my thought is to just send output to /dev/null. What are downsides in this situation?

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    then yes just use time comand > /dev/null if results are just time based. like ` time tar cvf /dev/null Pictures/png/` here goes : ` Pictures/png/rcrrcrncrcnz.png real 0m0.011s user 0m0.000s sys 0m0.004s` – francois P Mar 11 at 19:15
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    The downside is that you can't time the uncompression speeds. – Kusalananda Mar 11 at 19:30
  • Another downside is that you will not get the size (compression ratio) unless you pipe the output via something that will show the size, for example dd (which will also show the time used). – sudodus Mar 11 at 19:53

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