A cmd.exe sleep command?

SleepIt’s always a surprise when a batch file scripter realizes cmd.exe lacks a sleep command.  But fear not!  The choice command can be used as a substitute.  It lists a set of choices and waits a specified amount of time for the user to choose one.  Choice can be used to sleep for 0 to 9999 seconds (or over 2.7 hours).

Just create the following file and save it as sleep.cmd:


@echo off
set /a SleepTime = %1
CHOICE /N /D y /T %SleepTime% /M "Sleeping for %SleepTime% seconds . . ."

 

Place it in your aliases bin and you’re all set to sleep from the command line!

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