sleep - Man Page

delay for a specified amount of time

Examples (TL;DR)


sleep OPTION


Pause for NUMBER seconds.  SUFFIX may be 's' for seconds (the default), 'm' for minutes, 'h' for hours or 'd' for days.  NUMBER need not be an integer.  Given two or more arguments, pause for the amount of time specified by the sum of their values.


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output version information and exit


Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.

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See Also


Full documentation <>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) sleep invocation'

Referenced By

bpf(2), chat(8), clone(2), dbpmda(1), ibv_read_counters(3), ioctl_ns(2), libuv(1), mongoc_cursors(3), mongoc_guides(3), mongoc_reference(3), nut.conf(5), perlsyn(1), perlthrtut(1), pmCreateFetchGroup(3), pmpause(1), pthread_getcpuclockid(3), sd_event_add_child(3), sleep(3), usleep(1), xpanes(1).

January 2024 GNU coreutils 9.4