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timeout

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timeout

Introduced in the 1977 ANSI M[UMPS] language standard.

This metalanguage symbol represents a specification of an amount of time. A time-out specification is used to specify that the program should not attempt to complete a certain action for longer than the number of seconds identified in the time-out specification.

Time-out specifications can be used on arguments of Job, Read and Lock commands.

Note: The amount of seconds to be specified may be a fractional number. Many operating environments (especially those running on Unix (TM) platforms) do not support fractional seconds. This is a limitation of the operating environment, not a limitation of M[UMPS]. For portability, however, one cannot rely on the ability to use fractional numbers in this context.

Note: The metalanguage definition of timeout includes the colon that separates the time-out specification from the argument on which it operates.

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Copyright © Standard Documents; 1977-2018 MUMPS Development Committee;
Copyright © Examples: 1995-2018 Ed de Moel;
Copyright © Annotations: 2003-2008 Jacquard Systems Research
Copyright © Annotations: 2008-2018 Ed de Moel.

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