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Measure script execution time

How would I time how long it takes for my script foo.sh to run?

I'm looking for something akin to tic and toc in MATLAB.

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Use the unix time command

time ./sript.sh

If you're interested in ticks, you can approximate it with a little help from /proc/cpuinfo

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    time is a shell keyword – Hello71 Apr 25 '11 at 23:21
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    @Hello71 my linux bash does not provide a time command, it uses /usr/bin/time. However zsh does, as well as my solaris tcsh. So even if it's not builtin your shell, you have a time provided by your userland as a fallback. Besides, those time commands may provide a slightly different output. – mbx Apr 26 '11 at 9:45
  • @Hello71 although reserved, on that ystem which time returns userland time instead of the reserved keyword warning – mbx Apr 26 '11 at 21:20
  • @mbx: which never does that. I'm referring to type. – Hello71 Apr 26 '11 at 21:21
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time can achieve this. In this case:

$ time foo.sh             

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