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TIMEOUT


Description | Syntax | Parameters | Switches | Related | Notes | Examples | Errorlevels | Availability

Add a variable delay to a batch file.


Syntax

TIMEOUT [/?]

TIMEOUT delay

TIMEOUT /t delay [/nobreak]


Parameters
delay (NT4)
Delay in seconds (between -1 and 100000) (between -1 and 99999 in NT2003) to wait before continuing. The value -1 causes the computer to wait indefinitely for a keystroke (like the PAUSE command).

Switches
/? (NT2003)
Display command help.
/nobreak (NT2003)
Specifies to ignore a user key stroke.
/t (NT2003)
Makes delay a switch.

Related

PAUSE - Suspend processing of a batch file and display a message.
SLEEP - Fixed delay.
WAIT - Fixed delay.


Notes

Will pause command execution for a number of seconds, after which it continues without requiring a user keystroke. If the user does press a key at any point, execution will resume immediately. Seems to consume less processor time than SLEEP.


Examples

none.


Errorlevels

none.


Availability
External Resource Kit
DOS
none
Windows
none
Windows NT
NT4 NT2003