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TIME(1) 			   BSD General Commands Manual				  TIME(1)

NAME
     time -- time command execution

SYNOPSIS
     time [-al] [-h | -p] [-o file] utility [argument ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The time utility executes and times the specified utility.  After the utility finishes, time
     writes to the standard error stream, (in seconds): the total time elapsed, the time used to
     execute the utility process and the time consumed by system overhead.

     Available options:

     -a      If the -o flag is used, append to the specified file rather than overwriting it.
	     Otherwise, this option has no effect.

     -h      Print times in a human friendly format.  Times are printed in minutes, hours, etc.
	     as appropriate.

     -l      The contents of the rusage structure are printed as well.

     -o file
	     Write the output to file instead of stderr.  If file exists and the -a flag is not
	     specified, the file will be overwritten.

     -p      Makes time output POSIX.2 compliant (each time is printed on its own line).

     Some shells may provide a builtin time command which is similar or identical to this util-
     ity.  Consult the builtin(1) manual page.

ENVIRONMENT
     The PATH environment variable is used to locate the requested utility if the name contains
     no '/' characters.

DIAGNOSTICS
     If utility could be timed successfully, its exit status is returned.  If utility terminated
     abnormally, a warning message is output to stderr.  If the utility was found but could not
     be run, the exit status is 126.  If no utility could be found at all, the exit status is
     127.  If time encounters any other error, the exit status is between 1 and 125 included.

SEE ALSO
     builtin(1), csh(1), getrusage(2), wait(2)

STANDARDS
     The time utility is expected to conform to ISO/IEC 9945-2:1993 (``POSIX'').

HISTORY
     A time command appeared in Version 3 AT&T UNIX.

BSD					   June 6, 1993 				      BSD
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