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feature request: sleep --random

From: Philip Rowlands
Subject: feature request: sleep --random
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:19:18 +0100 (BST)
User-agent: Alpine 1.10 (DEB 962 2008-03-14)

This would help with some work I'm doing today, but is it of general interest?

$ sleep --random 4.0

sleeps for a random amount of time up to and including the requested value. The purpose is that on distributed systems it's disruptive to have synchronized scripts all starting up together. One option is to use the shell's $RANDOM if available, but it's lot of typing to get true (vs coarsely quantized) randomness.


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