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EVAL(P) 			    POSIX Programmer's Manual				  EVAL(P)

NAME
       eval - construct command by concatenating arguments

SYNOPSIS
       eval [argument ...]

DESCRIPTION
       The eval utility shall construct a command by concatenating arguments together, separating
       each with a <space>. The constructed command shall be read and executed by the shell.

OPTIONS
       None.

OPERANDS
       See the DESCRIPTION.

STDIN
       Not used.

INPUT FILES
       None.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       None.

ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS
       Default.

STDOUT
       Not used.

STDERR
       The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.

OUTPUT FILES
       None.

EXTENDED DESCRIPTION
       None.

EXIT STATUS
       If there are no arguments, or only null arguments, eval shall return a zero  exit  status;
       otherwise,  it  shall  return the exit status of the command defined by the string of con-
       catenated arguments separated by <space>s.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
       Default.

       The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE
       None.

EXAMPLES
	      foo=10 x=foo
	      y='$'$x
	      echo $y
	      $fooeval y='$'$x
	      echo $y
	      10

RATIONALE
       None.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
       None.

SEE ALSO
       Special Built-In Utilities

COPYRIGHT
       Portions of this text are reprinted and	reproduced  in	electronic  form  from	IEEE  Std
       1003.1,	2003  Edition,	Standard  for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
       Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003  by
       the  Institute  of  Electrical  and  Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
       event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE  and  The  Open  Group
       Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
       inal Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .

IEEE/The Open Group			       2003					  EVAL(P)
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