You rarely want to set a request timeout to a particular value - meaning that you want it to time out if it takes a certain amount of time. What you do want is to declare that a particular process might take at least some amount of time to complete. This is what
<cfsetting>’s requestTimeout parameter should be - saying that it is ok if it takes at least this long. A recent example of where I needed this is with running some longer running processes as part of a suite of unit tests. The individual method we are testing might take 60 seconds to run for example - but the entire request might take several minutes - when that method is run as part of a normal request lifecycle then the 60 second request timeout is fine, but when running the unit tests it ends my tests early!
So here is a method that you can use instead - that will update the request timeout to be the greater of the existing timeout or the new timeout. So it will only ever extend, never shorten.
Credit to Brian Ghidinelli.
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