Given the following bash program:

sleep 120
echo "nothing"

What movie quote is this referencing?

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    $\begingroup$ For curiosity's sake, should we take this as a trick question, or pretend that the script wouldn't end after exit? :) $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ The script intentionally ends :3 $\endgroup$
    – AMACB
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 3:02
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    $\begingroup$ can't figure it out. Words I considered that might be included in the title: sleeping, waiting, 2 minutes, leaving, not saying a thing, without saying nothing $\endgroup$
    – Ivo
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 3:11

3 Answers 3


Is it

Wait a minute, wait a minute - you ain't heard nothin' yet... From The Jazz Singer (1927)


sleep 120 - waiting a minute twice, then it's exiting the program before 'nothing' is outputted

  • $\begingroup$ If true, would be better with two lines of sleep 60. $\endgroup$
    – Devsman
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Devsman or even better two lines of "sleep 1m" although that might make it too easy. $\endgroup$
    – DasBeasto
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 19:17

I believe it's

"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all" from Bambi


Sleep 120 gives you time to think of something nice to say. AS you couldn't, you don't say nothing, because the script has exited before you can say nothing


It is referencing to

Alfred Hitchcock - The Birds


It lasts 120 minutes and has no ending credits

But I might be missing something since I can only figure out a movie title, not really a quote from this movie.

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    $\begingroup$ Hahaha nice explanation, it sounds more like a punchline $\endgroup$
    – Klangen
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 14:46

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