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Old 11-24-2013, 12:45 PM   #16
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This is a text-book case of why people say linux is hard. There are probably 100's of timer programs available, most are not too difficult to install. Sure he could code on up in bash, or hell just install apache and add a few lines of javascript. Why not install Java while your at it just save you some time later.

What we should have told him is to go to what ever menu he has (Probably System or Setting) - Probably at the top left or botton left. Then find the first thing that says "Install" or "Programs" or "Package" click that, find the search textbox. Type in timer. Then click the Largest "OK" or "Next" buttons until the window disappears. Now search the menus for something that matches what he's installed. Done.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:43 AM   #17
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A good timer solution available on Gnome is gnome-clocks

Excuse the thread resurrection, but this is the top Google result for "timer for linux", and I did not see this solution posted.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:21 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by kona0197 View Post
Countdown timer for Linux?
I made a command line chronometer for general purposes.

Example, countdown from 5 seconds:
> chrono -d -q -t 00:00:05.00
< --> 00:00:04.75
And many other options and uses are possible:
chrono is a program to measure time for general purposes.

Start chronometer from zero:
    Example: chrono

Start chronometer from a specified time:
  chrono --start-from <time>
    Example: chrono --start-from 00:00:25.50

Keyboard keys:
  ESC / Q: Quit.
  ENTER  : Print current time and resume on next line.
  SPACE  : Pause/resume.

All options:
  --help, -h: Show what you are reading right now.

  --start-from <time>, -t: Start chronometer at specified time.

  --countdown, -d: Chronometer counts down.

  --quit, -q: Quit when chronometer over/underflows.

  --to-file <optional_filename>, -f: Save time to file, so it can be resumed later.
You can download it from:

Compilation instructions for Debian (run as root):
  1. Install "FreePascal Compiler" if you don't have it: # apt-get install fpc
  2. Go to source directory and run: # make && make install


timer, timer-countdown

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