I am looking for a method built-in to ubuntu that will allow me to run a script or program or whatever for a fixed period of time.
I found a program that does this in a way I like, but the package is unavailable for Ubuntu. In any case, I was hoping for something built-in.
The only thing i can think of is to get the current time and set a cron job 30 minutes from 'now' that will kill the program. I was hoping there was a way to do this without setting up a script, but if I need to - it wont be the end of the world. After the 30 minute interval I would like to put my laptop in a sleep mode, but this can be separate from the timer thing.
Thanks in advance.