I'm searching for the documentation of the time command that can be prepended to the script in crontab

* * * * * time somescript.sh
  • Where's the time output going?
    – RonJohn
    Jun 3 at 1:14

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/bin/time. Not cron-specific, a general tool available on Unix-like systems. https://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man1/time.1.html

See also: https://www.gnu.org/software/time/

  • Thanks @ckhan: I was confused by the built-in time command of my bash-shell which behaves different
    – wolfrevo
    Jun 2 at 7:29
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    Perhaps of interest is that although time has no special significance to the POSIX shell, to Bash it is a reserved word and an optional part of the syntax of pipelines. That's more deeply integrated into Bash than a built-in command (which time is not). Jun 2 at 16:14

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