Here is a simple class to make reporting start, finish and elapsed time easy. If you are running python scripts at command line, this utility will make it easier to keep track of the progress of your processing.
Here is an example of usage:
Here is an example of the output:
Here is the important code. Save this in a file called “arcpyh.py” and put it in the same directory of the script you are running or elsewhere in your pythonpath.