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The menu system honours the TIMEOUT command; if TIMEOUT is specified
it will execute the ONTIMEOUT command if one exists, otherwise it will
-pick the default menu option.
+pick the default menu option. WARNING: the timeout action will bypass
+password protection even if one is set for the specified or default
+entry!
Normally, the user can press [Tab] to edit the menu entry, and [Esc]
to return to the Syslinux command line. However, if the configuration