Time::Out(3) Easily timeout long running operations


use Time::Out qw(timeout) ;
timeout $nb_secs => sub {
# your code goes were and will be interrupted if it runs
# for more than $nb_secs seconds.
} ;
if ([email protected]){
# operation timed-out


"Time::Out" provides an easy interface to alarm(2) based timeouts. Nested timeouts are supported.


'timeout' returns whatever the code placed inside the block returns:

  use Time::Out qw(timeout) ;
  my $rc = timeout 5 => sub {
        return 7 ;
  } ;
  # $rc == 7


If "Time::Out" sees that "Time::HiRes" has been loaded, it will use that 'alarm' function (if available) instead of the default one, allowing float timeout values to be used effectively:

  use Time::Out ;
  use Time::HiRes ;
  timeout 3.1416 => sub {
        # ...
  } ;


Blocking I/O on MSWin32
alarm(2) doesn't interrupt blocking I/O on MSWin32, so 'timeout' won't do that either.
One drawback to using 'timeout' is that it masks @_ in the affected code. This happens because the affected code is actually wrapped inside another subroutine that provides it's own @_. You can get around this by specifically passing your @_ (or whatever you want for that matter) to 'timeout' as such:

  use Time::Out ;
  sub test {
    timeout 5, @_ => sub {
      print "$_[0]\n" ;
    } ;
  test("hello") ; # will print "hello\n" ;


Patrick LeBoutillier, <[email protected]>


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