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sleep infinity

This might be one of the dumbest questions you've got, but please bear with me:

I am a UNIX beginner. I had an test today and I was asked the following question:

Q. How do you put the terminal into sleep indefinitely?

I didn't know the answer, but after I came home, I tried the following command:

sleep infinity

it seems that this command puts the terminal to sleep till infinity. (or until you close the terminal or interrupt with Ctrl+C)

I just wanted to know, if this works in other systems too and if there is any other way to sleep indefinitely
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Same behavior for me too..
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I'm pretty new to Unix myself, so I checked in the GNU Coreutils documentation, and there is no infinity option there.

My only thought is that sleep is reading "infinity" as a large integer, rather than as a string.
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What happens when you try GNU sleep with successive characters from the string infinity ? ... cheers, drl
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'sleep inf' works as well. :-/

Everything else gives: sleep: invalid time interval '-infin'

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GNU sleep accepts float numbers as argument. According to the POSIX specs, the literals "inf" or "infinity" are possible string representations of a float number.

See: POSIX specs at strtod

The same is true for the sleep builtin function in the kornshell 93 which also accepts floats as arguments.
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An example c program is at ... cheers, drl

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