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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.

       --foreground

              When  not  running timeout directly from a shell prompt, allow COMMAND to read from
              the TTY and receive 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, 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.

AUTHOR

       Written by Padraig Brady.

REPORTING BUGS

       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

       Copyright  ©  2011  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.