Update (04/09/2013) – v1.0.2 released.
While working on a batch script for MS-DOS, I was looking for a utility similar to Timeout.exe (originally provided in the NT 4.0 Resource Kit, currently provided with Windows) for Microsoft DOS and the Windows ME version of DOS. I was unable to find anything that suited my needs, so I put one together. This utility compares to Timeout.exe, Wait.exe, Delay.exe and Pause.exe. This allows you to put a timed delay into a batch script without resulting to using tricks with Choice or Ping. The 16-bit version of this application will run on MS-DOS v3.3+, the Windows version will run on any version of Windows. The Linux version should run on any version of Linux.
This utility accepts a timeout parameter to wait for the specified time period (in seconds) or until any key is pressed. It also accepts a parameter to ignore the key press.
TIMEOUT [/T timeout] [/NoBreak] [/Q] [/NoLogo]
/? Displays this help message.
/T, /timeout Specifies the number of seconds to wait.
Valid range is -1 to 99999 seconds.
/NoBreak Ignore key presses and wait the specified time.
/NoLogo Does not display application logo.
/Q, /quiet Does not output any text during execution.
The files can be downloaded here:
- 16-bit – DOS – NCTO102.ZIP (26 KB)
- 32-bit – Windows – Timeout-1.0.2.zip (32 KB)
- 32-bit – Linux – Timeout-1.0.2.tar.gz (17 KB)
This release has been tested on the following Operating Systems:
- MS-DOS 6.22
- FreeDOS 1.1
- DOSBox 0.74
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Ubuntu 12.10
v1.0.2 – April 9, 2013
– [ADD] (4) Linux support for NosCLU
– [FIX] (6) Logo should not be displayed with Quiet switch
– [FIX] (8) Extra Line is generated running with /q quiet argument
– [FIX] (9) Timeout output can not be logged to a file
– [FIX] (10) Timeout parameter causes Segmentation fault in Linux
v1.0.1 – March 2, 2013
– [FIX] (1) Ctrl+C Combination does not work under MS-DOS
v1.0.0 – February 24, 2013
– Initial Version
Please comment below if you have any comments or suggestions.