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Alp time tools

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The Alp is a new unit meant for measuring time. To understand and use this unit, the program included in this distribution has been created. It’s both a command-line tool, named “alp”, and a Python module.

You can learn about the Alp unit and download documentation about it at


Alp software is free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 (or any later version). The author of Alp software is Niels G. W. Serup, contactable at This is version 0.1.1 of the program.

The libraries used by Alp software are GPL-compatible.


The Alp program and module is contained in a single file, It is not necessary to install it, but it can make it easier to use the Alp software.

Way #1

Just run this (requires that you have python-setuptools installed):

# easy_install Alp

Way #2

Get the newest version of Alp at or at

Extract the downloaded file and run this in a terminal:

# python install


Python 2.5+ is probably a requirement.

For formatting and control codes, Alp will attempt to use ncurses. If that fails, Alp will try to use the Python termcolor module, available at, installable using $ sudo easy_install termcolor (released under the GPLv3+).

If present, Alp will also use the setproctitle Python module, available at, installable using $ sudo easy_install setproctitle (released under the New BSD License).


When using the Alp software as a command-line tool, simply run alp. Run alp --help to see what options you can specify.

When using it as a module, just use import alp in your Python program. To learn how the Alp module works, run pydoc alp or python -c 'import alp; help(alp)'. There are also a couple of tests in the tests directory.


Alp software is written in Python and uses Git for branches. To get the latest branch, get it from like this:

$ git clone git://

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