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SLEEP(1)                         User Commands                        SLEEP(1)


sleep - delay for a specified amount of time


sleep NUMBER[SUFFIX]... 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 implemen- tations that require NUMBER be an integer, here NUMBER may be an arbi- trary floating point number. Given two or more arguments, pause for the amount of time specified by the sum of their values. --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit


Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.


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Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


sleep(3) 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 coreutils 'sleep invocation' should give you access to the complete manual. GNU coreutils 8.4 July 2014 SLEEP(1)