This variable causes all ACCEPT statements to time out just as if there was a BEFORE TIME phrase present in the ACCEPT statement. The value assigned to ACCEPT_TIMEOUT is the timeout period, in seconds. This timeout value is applied to every ACCEPT statement that can have a BEFORE TIME phrase specified for it. If a particular ACCEPT statement has a BEFORE TIME phrase explicitly coded for it, that phrase takes precedence and ACCEPT_TIMEOUT does not apply to that statement. The default value of ACCEPT_TIMEOUT is 0, which indicates no timeout value.