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8.38: How do I timeout a slow event?

Use the alarm() function, probably in conjunction with a signal handler,
as documented in "Signals" in perlipc and the section on "Signals" in
the Camel. You may instead use the more flexible Sys::AlarmCall module
available from CPAN.

The alarm() function is not implemented on all versions of Windows.
Check the documentation for your specific version of Perl.


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