Delay execution for a few seconds/minutes (for use within a batch file.)
Syntax SLEEP time Key time The number of seconds to pause
To pause for an hour before running the next command in a batch file:
A delay can also be produced by the PING command with a loopback address (127.0.0.1), in tests this consumes less processor time than Sleep.exe or Timeout.exe:
e.g. for a delay of 30 seconds:
PING -n 31 127.0.0.1>nul
See Clay Calvert's newsgroup posting for a full explanation of this technique.
“O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down, and steep my senses in forgetfulness” ~ Shakespeare (Henry IV)
TIMEOUT - Delay execution for a few seconds/minutes (for use within a batch file.)
WAIT - the same as sleep but with noises
WAITFOR - Wait for or send a signal.
WScript.Sleep - Sleep
Powershell: Start-Sleep - Suspend shell, script, or runspace activity (sleep)
Equivalent bash command (Linux): sleep - Delay for a specified time