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Re: GNU time: incorrect results

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: GNU time: incorrect results
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:21:34 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15) wrote:
> On Saturday, October 2, 2010 8:27:52 PM UTC+2, Bob Proulx wrote:
> > Sven Hartrumpf wrote:
> > > Bob, thanks for fixing the bug I reported!
> > > And good luck with getting GNU time 1.8 out :-)
> > 
> > Yes, well, we will see!  But I am very hopeful. :-)

Hope springs eternal.  The problem is that the official GNU time
maintainer isn't MIA.  He will respond to email.

But he has never made a release.  The last release was by David J
MacKenzie in 1996.

Hope springs eternal though.

> > > I wrote:
> > > > rpm -q -f /usr/bin/time
> > > > util-linux-2.17.2-5.3.x86_64
> > > 
> > > Just curious: how will your fix reach util-linux because
> > > this is what distributions use (not GNU time directly, it seems)?
> > 
> > It should.  Since util-linux on SuSE uses GNU time as one of the
> > components then I expect that it would eventually flow into it.  Since
> > time is such a small program I can understand why it would be bundled
> > into a larger collection of other small programs.  Note however that
> > other distributions such as Debian and Red Hat package time into its
> > own package.  The way that it is packaged is not universal.
> It seems the patch hasn't made it into util-linux? I can't even seem
> to find "time" included in the latest version of it (2.23). Anyway,
> with the mentioned fix above I created my private patch, so thanks
> for the information!

At this point I would file a bug ticket against SuSE asking them to
incorporate the current patches.  I maintain patches for time-1.7 for
Debian.  These patches are available for viewing here:

Of which the two you are most interested in are these:

However the others are also important and useful.

However I very quickly tried to find the current util-linux on SuSE
and it appeared to me that time is not included in the current
packaging.  It may be split into a separate package now.  Not sure
though.  It really needs a SuSE person to look at the current system
and determine the what and where.  I am obviously familiar with Debian
but not so much about SuSE.  This could use some SuSE specific


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