JSI Tip 4630. An alternative to the Sleep command.

If you do not have the Resource Kit, you can use the following alternative to the Sleep command:

@ping -n Times>nul

where Times should be approximately the number of seconds you wish to delay plus 1.

The valid range of Times is 1 to 4294967295.

This process consumes very few resources.

To Sleep for 15 minutes (900 seconds):

@ping -n 901>nul

NOTE: See More about an alternative to the Sleep command.

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