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Given `` looks like this...


echo good
echo bad 1>&2

... I can see how long it takes to run `` by prefixing the [`time`]( utility.

time ./


real    0m0.003s
user    0m0.002s
sys     0m0.001s

I would like capture the output of `time` and log it to a file. Sadly neither redirection or capture appear to work as I expect.

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Is there a naïve method to capture and log this output?


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Top Answer
Jack Douglas
As you imply, the [`time` command]( outputs the timing info to stderr:

> time writes a message to standard error giving timing statistics about this program run

However your redirection is happening to the output of `./`, not the output of `time`.

To force that you can use braces:

# { time ./; } &> foo.log 
# cat foo.log 

real	0m0.005s
user	0m0.001s
sys	0m0.005s


*Side note*: you are using the Bash built-in version of `time`:

::: tio S0oszvj/v6SyIFWhJDM39f9/AA
§§§ bash bash
type time
``` none
time is a shell keyword

There is also [a GNU version]( with various options and a different default output format.

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