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 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 values.

       --help display this help and exit

              output version information and exit


       Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.

reporting bugs

       Report sleep bugs to
       GNU coreutils home page: <>
       General help using GNU software: <>
       Report sleep translation bugs to <>

       Copyright © 2013 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.

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 coreutils 'sleep invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.