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sleepenh

Langue: en

Version: 2008/04/20 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)

NAME

sleepenh - an enhanced sleep program.

SYNOPSIS

sleepenh [initial-time] sleep-time

DESCRIPTION

sleepenh is a program that can be used when there is a need to execute some functions periodically in a shell script. It was not designed to be accurate for a single sleep, but to be accurate in a sequence of consecutive sleeps.
After a successful execution, it returns to stdout the timestamp it finished running, that can be used as initial-time to a successive execution of sleepenh.

OPTIONS

There are no command line options. Run it without any option to get a brief help and version.

ARGUMENTS

sleep-time is a real number in seconds, with microseconds resolution (1 minute, 20 seconds and 123456 microseconds would be 80.123456).
initial-time is a real number in seconds, with microseconds resolution. This number is system dependent. In GNU/Linux systems, it is the number of seconds since midnight 1970-01-01 GMT. Do not try to get a good value of initial-time. Use the value supplied by a previous execution of sleepenh.
If you don't specify initial-time, it is assumed the current-time.

EXIT STATUS

An exit status greater or equal to 10 means failure. Known exit status:
0
Success.
1
Success. There was no need to sleep. (means that initial-time + sleep-time was greater than current-time).
10
Failure. Missing command line arguments.
11
Failure. Did not receive SIGALRM.
12
Failure. Argument is not a number.
13
Failure. System error, could not get current time.

USAGE EXAMPLE

Suppose you need to send the char 'A' to the serial port ttyS0 every 4 seconds. This will do that:

 #!/bin/sh
 TIMESTAMP=`sleepenh 0`
 while true; do
   # send the byte to ttyS0
   echo -n "A" > /dev/ttyS0;
  
   # just print a nice message on screen
   echo -n "I sent 'A' to ttyS0, time now is ";
   sleepenh 0;

   # wait the required time     
   TIMESTAMP=`sleepenh $TIMESTAMP 4.0`;
 done

HINT

This program can be used to get the current time. Just execute:
sleepenh 0

BUGS

It is not accurate for a single sleep. Short sleep-times will also not be accurate.

SEE ALSO

date(1), sleep(1).

AUTHOR

This manual page was written by Pedro Zorzenon Neto.
DIPLÔMES

P : Sans le bac, tu peux faire chien de garde...
M : C'est nul...
P : Ça, c'est sûr ! Mais il y a pire... Dis-toi que si tu n'avais pas le brevet, tu ne pourrais faire que maître chien...