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Interrupt execution of script or function after specified period of time
Updated 24 Jan 2017

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Interrupt execution of script, function or MATLAB expression after specified period of time. Similar to timeout from GNU coreutils.
This function uses undocumented command window method to programatically send Ctrl+C after specified period of time.

There are other ways of sending Ctrl+C programmatically, including Java Robot or SIGINT on Linux, but they require changes to the script or function that we want to interrupt.

This submission serves as a PoC and demonstration. Adapt to your specific needs if necessary.

Usage examples

Run the 'longComputations' script for no more than 5 seconds:
>> timeout('longComputations',5)

Interrupt execution of infinite pause after 3 seconds:
>> timeout('pause(inf)',3)

Cite As

Mikhail (2024). timeout (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/61263-timeout), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2016b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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