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apply(1)							      apply(1)

Name
       apply - apply a command to a set of arguments

Syntax
       apply [-ac] [-n] command args...

Description
       The  program runs the named command on each argument arg in turn.  Nor‐
       mally arguments are chosen singly; the optional number n specifies  the
       number  of arguments to be passed to command.  If n is zero, command is
       run without arguments once for each arg.	 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 arg.  If any such sequences occur, n is  ignored,
       and the number of arguments passed to command is the maximum value of d
       in command.  The percent sign (%) character can be changed  by  the  -a
       option.

Examples
       The following command line is similar to
       apply echo *
       The  next  example  compares  the  specified a files to the specified b
       files:
       apply -2 cmp a1 b1 a2 b2 ...
       The following example run the command 5 times and links	all  files  in
       the current directory to the directory
       apply 'ln %1 /usr/joe' *

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

       You cannot pass a literal, '%2', if the percent sign (%) is  the	 argu‐
       ment expansion character.

See Also
       sh(1)

								      apply(1)
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