[CentOS] Timeout for a script

Jussi Hirvi greenspot at greenspot.fi
Wed Nov 12 09:54:07 UTC 2008

How could I make a script time out after nn minutes, if it's not finished by

The practical context: I have a dozen or so of backup scripts in a directory
"daily", and they are run by cron like this:
> 0 23 * * 1-6 run-parts /root/daily

Sometimes one of the scripts hang, in which case the rest of the scripts are
delayed more than can be allowed.

- Jussi

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