Perl 5 version 8.9 documentation
Causes the script to sleep for EXPR seconds, or forever if no EXPR. Returns the number of seconds actually slept.
May be interrupted if the process receives a signal such as
On some older systems, it may sleep up to a full second less than what you requested, depending on how it counts seconds. Most modern systems always sleep the full amount. They may appear to sleep longer than that, however, because your process might not be scheduled right away in a busy multitasking system.
For delays of finer granularity than one second, the Time::HiRes module (from CPAN, and starting from Perl 5.8 part of the standard distribution) provides usleep(). You may also use Perl's four-argument version of select() leaving the first three arguments undefined, or you might be able to use the
syscallinterface to access setitimer(2) if your system supports it. See perlfaq8 for details.
See also the POSIX module's