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APPLY(1)		   OpenBSD Reference Manual		      APPLY(1)

     apply - apply a command to a set of arguments

     apply [-#] [-d] [-a magic] command argument ...

     apply runs the named command on each given argument in turn.

     Character sequences of the form ``%d'' in command, where `d' is a digit
     from 1 to 9, are replaced by the d'th following unused argument.  In this
     case, the largest digit number of arguments are discarded for each
     execution of command.

     The options are as follows:

     -#	     Normally arguments are taken singly; the optional number -#
	     specifies the number of arguments to be passed to command.	 If
	     the number is zero, command is run, without arguments, once for
	     each argument.

	     If any sequences of ``%d'' occur in command, the -# option is

     -a magic
	     Use magic as the magic character instead of the default `%'.

     -d	     Debug mode.  Print commands to the standard output but do not
	     actually execute them.

     SHELL  Pathname of shell to use.  If this variable is not defined, the
	    Bourne shell is used.

     /bin/sh  default shell

     Operate similar to ls(1):

	   $ apply echo *

     Compare the a* files to the b* files:

	   $ apply -2 cmp a1 b1 a2 b2 a3 b3

     Run who(1) five times:

	   $ apply -0 who 1 2 3 4 5

     Link all files in the current directory to the directory /home/joe:

	   $ apply 'ln %1 /home/joe' *

     sh(1), xargs(1)

     The apply command appeared in 4.2BSD.

     Rob Pike

     Shell metacharacters in command may have bizarre effects; it is best to
     enclose complicated commands in single quotes ('').

OpenBSD 4.9			 May 31, 2007			   OpenBSD 4.9

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