timeout DURATION COMMAND kills the command and returns a non–zero exit code if it is still running after the duration has elapsed. While this command looks helpful, it would be a code smell in a production pipeline. Long–running processes are common, and not necessarily a sign of a problem. Using a flat timeout for the running time of a whole command is usually too simple an approach to be useful. And finally, a lot of programs which deal with requests which may time out, such as
curl, have their own timeout mechanisms which are probably more useful because they will be able to do their own reporting of the failure.