PRINTF(1) User Commands PRINTF(1)
printf - format and print data
printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]...
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
output version information and exit
FORMAT controls the output as in C printf. Interpreted sequences are:
\" double quote
\NNN character with octal value NNN (1 to 3 digits)
\a alert (BEL)
\c produce no further output
\f form feed
\n new line
\r carriage return
\t horizontal tab
\v vertical tab
\xNN byte with hexadecimal value NN (1 to 2 digits)
\uNNNN character with hexadecimal value NNNN (4 digits)
character with hexadecimal value NNNNNNNN (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.
Written by David MacKenzie.
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright © 2004 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
The full documentation for printf is maintained as a Texinfo manual.
If the info and printf programs are properly installed at your site,
info coreutils printf
should give you access to the complete manual.
printf 5.2.1 July 2005 PRINTF(1)
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