Emulate sleep in DOS/BAT

ping -n 1 -w 10000 224.0.0.0
In the vein of "can you do it better", here is my take on using "ping" to emulate sleep in a DOS/BAT script. If one can use ping at all then the multicast address will be valid but will not respond. By doing only one ping (-n 1) and setting a timeout in milliseconds (-w 10000) you have a fairly accurate timer. This example gives about a 10 second sleep.

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By: DocGyver
2009-08-26 02:25:07

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  • Enable 'sleep' function in Windows environment where this does not exist, although not exact in time. (there is a delay for each ping) This is a simple way to separate commands with a time-period. Show Sample Output


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    echo sleep() begins: %TIME% && FOR /l %a IN (10,-1,1) do (ECHO 1 >NUL %as&ping -n 2 -w 1 127.0.0.1>NUL) && echo sleep() end: %TIME%
    pfredrik · 2009-08-19 13:43:09 0

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