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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for printf (redhat section 1)

PRINTF(1)								FSF								 PRINTF(1)

printf - format and print data
printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]... printf OPTION
NOTE: your shell may have its own version of printf which will supercede the version described here. Please refer to your shell's documen- tation for details about the options it supports. Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT. --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit FORMAT controls the output as in C printf. Interpreted sequences are: \" double quote \0NNN character with octal value NNN (0 to 3 digits) \\ backslash \a alert (BEL) \b backspace \c produce no further output \f form feed \n new line \r carriage return \t horizontal tab \v vertical tab \xNNN byte with hexadecimal value NNN (1 to 3 digits) \uNNNN character with hexadecimal value NNNN (4 digits) \UNNNNNNNN character with hexadecimal value NNNNNNNN (8 digits) %% a single % %b ARGUMENT as a string with `\' escapes interpreted and all C format specifications ending with one of diouxXfeEgGcs, with ARGUMENTs converted to proper type first. Variable widths are han- dled.
Written by David MacKenzie.
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Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICU- LAR PURPOSE.
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 printf should give you access to the complete manual. GNU coreutils 4.5.3 February 2003 PRINTF(1)