Introduction to Time

The time utility is a program that measures many of the CPU resources, such as time and memory, that other programs use. The GNU version can format the output in arbitrary ways by using a printf-style format string to include various resource measurements.

Although the shell has a builtin command providing similar functionalities, this utility is required by the LSB.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/time/time-1.9.tar.gz

  • Download MD5 sum: d2356e0fe1c0b85285d83c6b2ad51b5f

  • Download size: 584 KB

  • Estimated disk space required: 4.0 MB (with tests)

  • Estimated build time: 0.1 SBU (with tests)

Installation of Time

Install Time by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Program: time
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: None

Short Descriptions


reports various statistics about an executed command