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TIMEOUT(1)							   User Commands							TIMEOUT(1)

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. --preserve-status exit with the same status as COMMAND, even when the command times out --foreground when not running timeout directly from a shell prompt, allow COMMAND to read from the TTY and get 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 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. If the command times out, and --preserve-status is not set, 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. It may be necessary to use the KILL (9) signal, since this signal cannot be caught, in which case the exit status is 128+9 rather than 124. GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report timeout translation bugs to <http://translationpro- ject.org/team/>
BUGS
Some platforms don't curently support timeouts beyond 2038
AUTHOR
Written by Padraig Brady.
COPYRIGHT
Copyright (C) 2013 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. GNU coreutils 8.22 June 2014 TIMEOUT(1)