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sleep - delay for a specified amount of time


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.

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.

Reporting Bugs

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Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also

The full documentation for sleep is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and sleep programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info sleep

should give you access to the complete manual.

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