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On some unix systems I've been used to a time command which many options including ways to format the output (-f) and redirect the output to a file (-o), see for example this man entry of time.

However on OS X it seems that we have a crippled down version that only has two (not so useful) options -lp. (I'm on Snow Leopard if that matters.)

So, how can I get a better time for my system?

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You have gtime in the macports, and in homebrew

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brew install gnu-time. The command is gtime though. –  keyser May 20 at 9:07

The Fink project has lots of open source Unix software ported to OS X/Darwin:

http://finkproject.org/

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