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Timeout Class

Contains constants that specify infinite time-out intervals. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Threading.Timeout

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public static class Timeout

The Timeout type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
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  NameDescription
Public fieldStatic memberSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsInfiniteA constant used to specify an infinite waiting period, for threading methods that accept an Int32 parameter.
Public fieldStatic memberSupported in .NET for Windows Store appsInfiniteTimeSpanA constant used to specify an infinite waiting period, for methods that accept a TimeSpan parameter.
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The members of this class are used to specify infinite time-out intervals in threading operations. Infinite is used by methods that accept an integer millisecondsTimeout parameter, such as Thread.Sleep(Int32), Thread.Join(Int32), and ReaderWriterLock.AcquireReaderLock(Int32). InfiniteTimeSpan is used by methods that accept a timeout parameter of type TimeSpan, such as Thread.Sleep(TimeSpan), Thread.Join(TimeSpan), and ReaderWriterLock.AcquireReaderLock(TimeSpan).

The following 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;

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.");
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

This type is thread safe.

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