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Re: BUG: "time" command adding to wrong process.

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: BUG: "time" command adding to wrong process.
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:50:47 -0500
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On 1/8/14 7:00 AM, James Bonfield wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.1
> Patch Level: 5
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>       If I have a process running in the background that finishes
>       while I have a foreground process being timed using the
>       builtin time command, then the CPU time of the background task
>       is erroneously added on to the foreground task. This does not
>       happen if the background task ends after the foreground task.

This is simply an artifact of how process time accounting is done.  The
time consumed by children of the current process is modified when a child
process exits.  The command timing code just looks at the difference in
the time alloted to the shell process and its children before and after
executing the timed command, and computes the time taken by subtracting
before from after.

It's more difficult to get timing information for other individual
processes, and changing the code to do that would interfere with the
ability to time builtins and other shell commands.


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Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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