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printf - format and print data
printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]...
Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT, or execute according to OPTION:
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
FORMAT controls the output as in C printf. Interpreted sequences are:
\" double quote
\a alert (BEL)
\c produce no further output
\f form feed
\n new line
\r carriage return
\t horizontal tab
\v vertical tab
\NNN byte with octal value NNN (1 to 3 digits)
\xHH byte with hexadecimal value HH (1 to 2 digits)
\uHHHH Unicode (ISO/IEC 10646) character with hex value HHHH (4 digits)
Unicode character with hex value HHHHHHHH (8 digits)
%% a single %
%b 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
GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report printf transla-
tion bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
Written by David MacKenzie.
Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or
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 printf is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and
printf programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'printf invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
GNU coreutils 8.22 June 2014 PRINTF(1)
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