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How to exit from a command after n seconds?

Answer #1 100 %

bash coreutils has got 'timeout` command.

From manual:

DESCRIPTION

Start COMMAND, and kill it if still running after NUMBER seconds. SUFFIX may be "s" for seconds (the default), "m" for minutes, "h" for hours or "d" for days.

for example:

timeout 5 sleep 6

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