timeout - run a command with a time limit
timeout [OPTION] DURATION COMMAND [ARG]...
Start COMMAND, and kill it if still running after DURATION.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
DURATION is a floating point number with an optional suffix: s for seconds (the default), m for minutes, h for hours or d for days.
--foreground When not running timeout directly from a shell prompt, allow COMMAND to read from the TTY and receive TTY signals. In this mode, children of COMMAND will not be timed out. -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
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.
Written by Padraig Brady.
Report timeout bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Copyright © 2011 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.
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
should give you access to the complete manual.
info coreutils timeout invocation
|GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb||TIMEOUT (1)||September 2011|