SLEEP(1)                        User Commands                       SLEEP(1)


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.  Given two or more
arguments, pause for the amount of time specified by the sum of their

–help display this help and exit

output version information and exit

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Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.


Copyright © 2014 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.



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.


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manipulation utilities) project.  Information about the project can
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GNU coreutils 8.23              December 2014                       SLEEP(1)


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