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Date: 2016jun15
Language: bash

Q.  How can I have a random delay in a bash script?

A.  Use $RANDOM and sleep like this:

#!/bin/sh # Make a random number less than 10 delay=$((RANDOM % 10)) # Display it echo "delay=$delay" # Sleep for it sleep $delay
Or simply:
sleep $((RANDOM % 10))
Note that case matters, $random doesn't work.