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Linux 2.6 - man page for timeout (linux section 1)

TIMEOUT(1)				  User Commands 			       TIMEOUT(1)

       timeout - run a command with a time limit

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

       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

	      display this help and exit

	      output version information and exit

       DURATION is an integer with an optional suffix: `s' for seconds(the default), `m' for min-
       utes, `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.

       Written by Padraig Brady.

       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  (C)  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.


       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 8.5			  February 2011 			       TIMEOUT(1)

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