> > Can I refine it to give me something like: .784 seconds? > > Use "bc -l" instead of bc. That should do it.
No, that still gives 0 seconds.
I think this whole thing is dependent on the fact that `date +%s` reports integers.
I'm still interested in something like .874 seconds, but for the time being, I'll just use an if..then..else to say "less than 1 second" or the actual number of seconds.
I've looked at the time command suggested by Jez, haven't tried it yet.
Note the trap: shell's builtin "time" command differs somewhat from installed "/usr/bin/time"!
man time man builtin man <your_shell>
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