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TIMEOUT

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: April 2010
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NAME

timeout - run a command with a time limit  

SYNOPSIS

timeout [OPTION] DURATION COMMAND [ARG]...
timeout [OPTION]  

DESCRIPTION

Start COMMAND, and kill it if still running after DURATION.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-k, --kill-after=DURATION
also send a KILL signal if COMMAND is still running this long after the initial signal was sent.
-s, --signal=SIGNAL
specify the signal to be sent on timeout. SIGNAL may be a name like `HUP' or a number. See `kill -l` for a list of signals
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

DURATION is an integer with an optional suffix: `s' for seconds(the default), `m' for minutes, `h' for hours or `d' for days.

If the command times out, then exit with status 124. Otherwise, exit with the status of COMMAND. If no signal is specified, send the TERM signal upon timeout. The TERM signal kills any process that does not block or catch that signal. For other processes, it may be necessary to use the KILL (9) signal, since this signal cannot be caught.  

AUTHOR

Written by Padraig Brady.  

REPORTING BUGS

Report timeout bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
Report timeout translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>  

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  

SEE ALSO

kill(1)

The full documentation for timeout is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and timeout programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info coreutils 'timeout invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


 

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SYNOPSIS
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AUTHOR
REPORTING BUGS
COPYRIGHT
SEE ALSO

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