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

NAME
       return - return from a function

SYNOPSIS
       return [n]

DESCRIPTION
       The  return  utility  shall  cause the shell to stop executing the current function or dot
       script. If the shell is not currently executing a function or dot script, the results  are
       unspecified.

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
       The  value of the special parameter '?' shall be set to n, an unsigned decimal integer, or
       to the exit status of the last command executed if n is not specified. If the value  of	n
       is greater than 255, the results are undefined.	When return is executed in a trap action,
       the last command is considered to be the command that executed immediately  preceding  the
       trap action.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
       Default.

       The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE
       None.

EXAMPLES
       None.

RATIONALE
       The  behavior  of return when not in a function or dot script differs between the System V
       shell and the KornShell. In the System V shell this is an error, whereas in the KornShell,
       the effect is the same as exit.

       The  results  of  returning  a  number greater than 255 are undefined because of differing
       practices in the various historical implementations. Some shells AND out all but the  low-
       order 8 bits; others allow larger values, but not of unlimited size.

       See the discussion of appropriate exit status values under exit .

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					RETURN(P)
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