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What is the best way to run a container for a maximum of N seconds?


I want to run a container and give it a maximum of N seconds to run after which I’d like the container terminated.

Here is what I’m doing:

1. docker run ... & # run it in the bg, get pid into $pid, etc.
2. get the container id in bash: cid=`docker ps -aq | awk '{print $1}'`, 
3. nohup something like (sleep N && docker kill $cid) & wait $pid

However, I’m convinced there must be a better way. Can you please help with a suggestion or recommendation.

Thanks much,


Hi, the correct way of doing this would be for the code, in the container, to stop it.

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Of course! What was I thinking!

Thanks Martin,