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

NAME
       continue - continue for, while, or until loop

SYNOPSIS
       continue [n]

DESCRIPTION
       The  continue  utility  shall  return  to the top of the smallest enclosing for, while, or
       until loop, or to the top of the nth enclosing loop, if n  is  specified.   This  involves
       repeating the condition list of a while or until loop or performing the next assignment of
       a for loop, and re-executing the loop if appropriate.

       The value of n is a decimal integer greater than or equal  to  1.  The  default	shall  be
       equivalent  to  n=1.  If  n  is	greater than the number of enclosing loops, the outermost
       enclosing loop shall be used.

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
	0     Successful completion.

       >0     The n value was not an unsigned decimal integer greater than or equal to 1.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
       Default.

       The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE
       None.

EXAMPLES
	      for i in *
	      do
		  if test -d "$i"
		  then continue
		  fi
		  echo "\"$i\"" is not a directory.
	      done

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				      CONTINUE(P)
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