sleep man page

sleep — delay for a specified amount of time


sleep {{seconds}}

sleep {{minutes}}m

sleep {{hours}}h


sleep OPTION


Pause for NUMBER seconds. SUFFIX may be 's' for seconds (the default), 'm' for minutes, 'h' for hours or 'd' for days. Unlike most implementations that require NUMBER be an integer, here NUMBER may be an arbitrary floating point number. Given two or more arguments, pause for the amount of time specified by the sum of their values.

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Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also


Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/s…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) sleep invocation'

Referenced By

bpf(2), bup-tick(1), Cglobals(3), chat(8), clone(2), dbpmda(1), filechan(8), mongoc_cursors(3), nut.conf(5), perlsyn(1), perlthrtut(1), pmCreateFetchGroup(3), pmpause(1), pthread_getcpuclockid(3), sleep(3).

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GNU coreutils 8.25 October 2016