runtime

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Runtime or run time is the amount of time an executable program takes from start to end, from begin to end. In operating systems like Unix, it can be approximated by the tool time(1).

Run-time refers to the environment the program is in during execution. It encompasses the program's own state (for example the process context), as well as the machine's state in general (for instance, amount of available memory, or the operating system).

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