AIPS HELP file for DELAY in 31DEC22
As of Wed Nov 29 11:47:08 2023
DELAY: Pause AIPS for DETIME seconds
DETIME 0.01 1000.0 Pause time in seconds
The desired delay time may also be given as an
immediate argument: DELAY(10) for 10 seconds. In
that case DETIME is ignored. Use this in procedures.
Use: This verb delays the AIPS main program by DETIME seconds or by
the number of seconds given in an immediate argument. Some
procedures will have a problem unless you use the immediate
The main use for this verb will be in scripts, where one wishes
to delay a short while (e.g. 3 sec) to look at a display before
going on. Another way to delay is of course to READ some
variable from the keyboard, but this requires the user to stay
alert. If the READ is ignored AIPS will pause indefinitely.
To delay AIPS for quite a while, one can put DELAY in a FOR
DETIME = 900
FOR I = 1:20; DELAY; END
will delay AIPS for 5 hours. This would allow a GO or whatever
to occur much later (e.g. after a MNJ). Note that the BATCH
capability of AIPS is designed for such usage however.
DETIME......The amount of time to delay in seconds. Must be between
0.01 and 1000.0 seconds.