(PHP 4, PHP 5)
set_time_limit — Limits the maximum execution time
( int $seconds
When called, set_time_limit() restarts the timeout
counter from zero. In other words, if the timeout is the default 30
seconds, and 25 seconds into script execution a call such as
set_time_limit(20) is made, the script will run for a
total of 45 seconds before timing out.
The maximum execution time, in seconds. If set to zero, no time limit
No value is returned.
This function has no effect when PHP is running in safe mode. There is
no workaround other than turning off safe mode or changing the time limit
in the php.ini.
The set_time_limit() function and the configuration
only affect the execution time of the script itself. Any time spent on
activity that happens outside the execution of the script such as system
calls using system(), stream operations, database
queries, etc. is not included when determining the maximum time that the
script has been running.