One thing that continues to annoy me is that a whole lot of spells (and potions) have no information of how long the spell will last. Neither in the spell description nor once actually cast.
For example just now I killed some rats in a cellar in Baldur's Gate using Wall of Fire, cast by Will as a level 5 warlock spell. The spell does not say how long it will last. Doing a mouse-over on the fire surface does not say how long it will last. Entering turn-based mode and passing repeatedly doesn't seem to pass time much faster. Casting create water on it will not do a thing.
So how do I know how long it will last? I did eventually go down but it took at least 5 RL minutes.