Question about TIMEOUT applet.

Rich Felker dalias at
Mon Jul 15 15:23:53 UTC 2013

On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 05:18:01AM +0200, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> On Sunday 14 July 2013 02:43, Harald Becker wrote:
> > Hi Denys,
> > 
> > (at least newer) coreutils package contain a TIMEOUT command with
> > a slightly different syntax then Busybox. Is this intentional or a
> > bug? What about upstream compatibility?
> No, it is not intended. This needs to be fixed.

It seems to me the safest fix would be to keep the -t option, and only
interpret the first non-option argument as the timeout value if the -t
option was not specified on the command line. This would make the
busybox version accept both its old syntax and the coreutils syntax.


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