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time.clock() problem under linux (precision=0.01s)

I have to measure the time of a while loop, but with time.clock i
always get 0.0s, although python manual sais:
"this is the function to use for benchmarking Python or timing

So i tested timer functions capabilities with a short script:

import time
import os

def test_timer_func(func):
print 'min time-time: %.10f'%min(abs(func()-func()) for i in
print 'max time-time: %.10f'%max(abs(func()-func()) for i in

dt = 0.0
loopcount = 0
t = func()

while dt==0.0:
dt = func() - t
loopcount += 1

print "min measurable loop time : %.10f"%dt
print 'loopcount while dt==0 :',loopcount
print '\n time.clock()'

print '\n time.time()'

print '\n os.times()'
ot = os.times
My output is:

min time-time: 0.0000000000
max time-time: 0.0100000000
min measurable loop time : 0.0100000000
loopcount while dt==0 : 2703

min time-time: 0.0000019073
max time-time: 0.0000460148
min measurable loop time : 0.0000050068
loopcount while dt==0 : 1

min time-time: 0.0000000000
max time-time: 0.0100000007
min measurable loop time : 0.0099999998
loopcount while dt==0 : 2515
So the precision of time.clock is 0.01s under my ubuntu linux system,
which means it's not suitable for benchmarking. (i want to benchmark
the fps in my pygame+pyode program and it needs at least 0.001s

time.time seems much better solution, but python manual sais: "not all
systems provide time with a better precision than 1 second"

Should i use time.clock or time.time to be more crossplatform?
Is time.time ok for windows? (time()-time() != 0.0)


Aug 18 '05 #1
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On 18 Aug 2005 04:07:18 -0700, "Szabolcs Nagy" <ns*******@gmail.com>
declaimed the following in comp.lang.python:

Should i use time.clock or time.time to be more crossplatform?
Is time.time ok for windows? (time()-time() != 0.0)
PythonWin 2.3.5 (#62, Feb 9 2005, 16:17:08) [MSC v.1200 32 bit (Intel)]
on win32.
Portions Copyright 1994-2001 Mark Hammond (mh******@skippinet.com.au) -
see 'Help/About PythonWin' for further copyright information.
import time
time.time() - time.time() 0.0 time.clock() - time.clock() -1.2882053580379413e-006

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Aug 18 '05 #2
"Szabolcs Nagy" <ns*******@gmail.com> writes:
time.time seems much better solution, but python manual sais: "not all
systems provide time with a better precision than 1 second"

Should i use time.clock or time.time to be more crossplatform?
Is time.time ok for windows? (time()-time() != 0.0)

You should use the timeit module, which chooses the correct timer to
use for the platform it's running on, as well as working around a
number of other things that trip up people trying to benchmark code.

Mike Meyer <mw*@mired.org> http://www.mired.org/home/mwm/
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.
Aug 19 '05 #3
Woa, if you don't mind my asking, why do you do a time-cache on your

Aug 19 '05 #4

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