printf (1)





NAME

       printf - format and print data


SYNOPSIS

       printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]...
       printf OPTION


DESCRIPTION

       NOTE:  your  shell  may  have  its  own  version  of  printf which will
       supercede the version described here. Please refer to your shell's doc-
       umentation 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
       Copyright  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  PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.


SEE ALSO

       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)