Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: April 2010
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printf - format and print data
Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT, or execute according to OPTION:
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
FORMAT controls the output as in C printf. Interpreted sequences are:
produce no further output
byte with octal value NNN (1 to 3 digits)
byte with hexadecimal value HH (1 to 2 digits)
Unicode (ISO/IEC 10646) character with hex value HHHH (4 digits)
Unicode character with hex value HHHHHHHH (8 digits)
a single %
ARGUMENT as a string with `\' escapes interpreted,
except that octal escapes are of the form \0 or \0NNN
and all C format specifications ending with one of diouxXfeEgGcs, with
ARGUMENTs converted to proper type first. Variable widths are handled.
NOTE: your shell may have its own version of printf, which usually supersedes
the version described here. Please refer to your shell's documentation
for details about the options it supports.
Written by David MacKenzie.
Report printf bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org
GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
Report printf translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
Copyright © 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
The full documentation for
is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the
programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'printf invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
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