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sleep command in batch script

Posted on 2004-11-10
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Last Modified: 2008-11-12
I have a batch script that automatically starts/stops my sprint business connection software on my computer and i want to put a "sleep" command in it to give it some time (30 seconds) in between terminating the program and restarting it, but i dont know the specific code to use.  And i dont want to have to hit a key after the sleep part to start the service back up, i just want it to do it by itself.   Thanks
Question by:dlev15
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by:Pete Long
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Hi dlev15,
Sleep uses the following syntax:

sleep (Time)

Specifies the number of seconds to pause.


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every time i do that it says 'sleep' is not recognized as either an internal or external command am i doing something wrong?
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Sembee earned 1500 total points
ID: 12549253
sleep isn't a command on Windows XP or 2000 clients. You will have to use another trick.
What I do is use a ping...

rem Pause for five minutes
ping -n 300>nul

Adjust the value "300" to be the number of seconds that you want to pause for.


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