This small script is an alternative to sleep(1) that gives a visual clue to the user about the remaining seconds in the delay


my $secs = shift;
die("Usage: $0 <secs>\n") unless (defined $secs) && ($secs>=0);
while($secs>0) {
        printf("\r% 4d", $secs);
        sleep 1;
print "Done          \n";

There are numerous instances where you might want your shell scripts to sleep(1) giving the user a clue about what’s going on, but just to relate to a previous example, let’s see how this can be used to throttle file leeching:

$ for i in `count 1 10 %02d`; do wget http://..../file-$i.pdf; countdown 30; done