When you use the Windows XP CMD help., or Windows Server 2003 CMD help, and press Timeout on the New command-line tools page, you see:
Pauses the command processor for the specified number of seconds.
- /t TimeoutInSeconds
- Specifies the decimal number of seconds (between -1 and 99999) to wait before the command processor continues processing. The value -1 causes the computer to wait indefinitely for a keystroke.
- Specifies to ignore a user key stroke.
- Displays help at the command prompt.
- The timeout command is typically used in batch files.
- A user keystroke resumes the command processor execution immediately, even if the time-out period has not expired.
Timeout is similar to the
MS-DOSpause command when you use it in conjunction with the sleep command.
To pause the command processor for ten seconds, type:
timeout /t 10
To pause the command processor for 100 seconds and to ignore any key press, type:
timeout /t 100 /nobreak
To pause the command processor indefinitely until a key is pressed, type:
timeout /t -1