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Revision as of 12:39, 2 November 2011

Introduced with Armed Assault version 1.001.00
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Suspend execution for given time in seconds. Must be called inside of a context which is interruptible, i.e. a script executed by execVM or spawn.


sleep delay
delay: Number
Return Value:


Example 1:
sleep 0.5;

Additional Information

See also:
Control Structures


Only post proven facts here. Report bugs on the Feedback Tracker and discuss on the Arma Discord or on the Forums.


Posted on December 20, 2006 - 19:53
Sleep suspends both SQF functions and SQF scripts. In functions, the calling script is still in suspension due to waiting for a return from the call command. The game engine will continue, however. See Function for more detail.
Posted on February 12, 2007 - 20:16
Sleep durations between .0005 and .02 will cause the same delay (roughly .02 seconds).
Delays of .0005 and less have no effect (ie, the sleep call will return immediately).
The comment above is a little misleading. The game engine appears to work by processing frames and then checking to see whether scripts are available to execute. Sleep causes the script/function to be suspended until at least the specified time has elapsed. To wait for the next frame, or give other scripts a chance to run, use Sleep 0.001.
Posted on July 16, 2007 - 00:13
For scripts called by the Init Event Handler the first sleep command will suspend the script at the briefing screen at the start of a mission. The script will continue after the briefing screen, when actually "in game".
Posted on March 6, 2008 - 07:47

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