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Timeout Class

Contains a constant used to specify an infinite amount of time. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public static class Timeout

The only member of this class, Infinite, is a constant used by methods that accept an integer timeout parameter, such as Thread.Sleep(Int32), Thread.Join(Int32), and ReaderWriterLock.AcquireReaderLock(Int32).

The following code example shows a thread going to sleep for an infinite time and subsequently being woken up.

using System;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.Threading;

[assembly: SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.RequestMinimum,
    ControlThread = true)]

class ThreadInterrupt
{
    static void Main()
    {
        StayAwake stayAwake = new StayAwake();
        Thread newThread = 
            new Thread(new ThreadStart(stayAwake.ThreadMethod));
        newThread.Start();

        // The following line causes an exception to be thrown  
        // in ThreadMethod if newThread is currently blocked 
        // or becomes blocked in the future.
        newThread.Interrupt();
        Console.WriteLine("Main thread calls Interrupt on newThread.");

        // Tell newThread to go to sleep.
        stayAwake.SleepSwitch = true;

        // Wait for newThread to end.
        newThread.Join();
    }
}

class StayAwake
{
    bool sleepSwitch = false;

    public bool SleepSwitch
    {
        set{ sleepSwitch = value; }
    }

    public StayAwake(){}

    public void ThreadMethod()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("newThread is executing ThreadMethod.");
        while(!sleepSwitch)
        {
            // Use SpinWait instead of Sleep to demonstrate the  
            // effect of calling Interrupt on a running thread.
            Thread.SpinWait(10000000);
        }
        try
        {
            Console.WriteLine("newThread going to sleep.");

            // When newThread goes to sleep, it is immediately  
            // woken up by a ThreadInterruptedException.
            Thread.Sleep(Timeout.Infinite);
        }
        catch(ThreadInterruptedException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("newThread cannot go to sleep - " +
                "interrupted by main thread.");
        }
    }
}
System.Object
  System.Threading.Timeout

This type is thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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