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BSD 2.11 - man page for apply (bsd section 1)

APPLY(1)				       General Commands Manual					     APPLY(1)

NAME
apply - apply a command to a set of arguments
SYNOPSIS
apply [ -ac ] [ -n ] command args ...
DESCRIPTION
Apply runs the named command on each argument arg in turn. Normally arguments are chosen singly; the optional number n specifies the number of arguments to be passed to command. If n is zero, command is run without arguments once for each arg. Character sequences of the form %d in command, where d is a digit from 1 to 9, are replaced by the d'th following unused arg. If any such sequences occur, n is ignored, and the number of arguments passed to command is the maximum value of d in command. The character `%' may be changed by the -a option. Examples: apply echo * is similar to ls(1); apply -2 cmp a1 b1 a2 b2 ... compares the `a' files to the `b' files; apply -0 who 1 2 3 4 5 runs who(1) 5 times; and apply 'ln %1 /usr/joe' * links all files in the current directory to the directory /usr/joe.
SEE ALSO
sh(1)
AUTHOR
Rob Pike
BUGS
Shell metacharacters in command may have bizarre effects; it is best to enclose complicated commands in single quotes ' '. There is no way to pass a literal `%2' if `%' is the argument expansion character. 4.2 Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 APPLY(1)


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