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Here's an improved version.

  • The old version always waited for at least the timeout period, even if the command completed early.

    This one returns as soon as the external command terminates.

  • The old version returned nothing if the process timed out.

    This version will return as much as was available before the process was killed.

  • It also addresses a potential "Uninitialised" warning if the system is heavily loaded and the thread takes a while to start.

    If the thread or process was slow starting due to system load or other factors, the old version could try to use $pid before it was set. This corrects that error.

#! perl -slw use strict; use threads; use threads::shared; $|++; our $N ||= 11; my $TIMEOUT = 10; my $extApp = q[ perl -lwe"$|++; print $_ and sleep 1 for 1 .. $ARGV[0] +" ]; my @results :shared; my $pid :shared; async { $pid = open my $fh, "$extApp $N |" or die "$!, $^E"; push @results, $_ while <$fh>; }->detach; sleep 1 until $pid; sleep 1 while kill 0, $pid and $TIMEOUT--; kill 3, $pid and warn 'Command timed out' if $TIMEOUT; print "command return \n'@results'"; __END__ C:\test>timeoutcmd -N=1 command return '1 ' C:\test>timeoutcmd -N=10 command return '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ' C:\test>timeoutcmd -N=11 Command timed out at C:\test\ line 21. command return '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 '

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The start of some sanity?

In reply to Re^3: trying to get timeout to work (easier with threads) by BrowserUk
in thread trying to get timeout to work by Skeeve

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