[CentOS] time command with options

Jeff jlar310 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 15:39:02 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM, Jerry Geis <geisj at pagestation.com> wrote:
> I am trying to get timing paramters from a CGI program.
> date is just a command for example used here.
> when I do: time { date; }
> everything is good.
> when I do: time -o file { date; }
> I get
>  time -o file { date; }
> bash: syntax error near unexpected token `}'
> How do I correctly issue the command with an option
> for -o file to output the data to a file.

The man page for time gives the usual information and includes only
the -p option, but then, below the 'see also' section which usually
signifies the end, it goes on to discuss the 'GNU version' which
includes additional options. Apparently, the time command we get with
CentOS is not the GNU version because it pukes on all of the stated
options. So why is all that info in the man page and where is this
elusive GNU version? I checked both C4 and C5 and neither supported
the additional options.

Unless somebody else can shed some more light on this, I guess you are
stuck with output redirection provided by your chosen shell.


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