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sh(1)									 sh(1)

NAME
     sh, rsh, ksh, rksh - a standard/restricted command and programming
     language

SYNOPSIS
     sh [ -abCefhikmnprstuvx ] [ -o option ] ... [ -c string ] [ arg ... ]

     /usr/lib/rsh  [ -abCefhikmnprstuvx ] [ -o option ] ... [ -c string ]
	  [ arg ... ]

DESCRIPTION
     Note: As of IRIX 6.4, sh is the Korn shell rather than the Bourne shell.
     See bsh(1) for the Bourne Shell description.  See the COMPATIBILITY
     ISSUES section below for more detail.

     This is the internationalized sh. See the INTERNATIONALIZATION section
     below for more detail.

     sh is a command and programming language that executes commands read from
     a terminal or a file.  /usr/lib/rsh (also invoked as rksh) is a
     restricted version of the standard command interpreter sh; it is used to
     set up login names and execution environments whose capabilities are more
     controlled than those of the standard shell.  See Invocation below for
     the meaning of arguments to the shell.

   Definitions
     A metacharacter is one of the following characters:

	  ;   &	  (   )	  |   <	  >   newline	space	tab

     A blank is a tab or a space.  An identifier is a sequence of letters,
     digits, or underscores starting with a letter or underscore.  Identifiers
     are used as names for functions and variables.  A word is a sequence of
     characters separated by one or more non-quoted metacharacters.

     A command is a sequence of characters in the syntax of the shell
     language.	The shell reads each command and carries out the desired
     action either directly or by invoking separate utilities.	A special
     command is a command that is carried out by the shell without creating a
     separate process.	Except for documented side effects, most special
     commands can be implemented as separate utilities.

   Commands
     A simple-command is a sequence of blank separated words which may be
     preceded by a variable assignment list (see Environment below).  The
     first word specifies the name of the command to be executed.  Except as
     specified below, the remaining words are passed as arguments to the
     invoked command.  The command name is passed as argument 0 [see exec(2)].
     The value of a simple-command is its exit status if it terminates
     normally, or (octal) 200+status if it terminates abnormally [see
     signal(2) for a list of status values].

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     A pipeline is a sequence of one or more commands separated by |.  The
     standard output of each command but the last is connected by a pipe(2) to
     the standard input of the next command.  Each command is run as a
     separate process; the shell waits for the last command to terminate.  The
     exit status of a pipeline is the exit status of the last command.

     A list is a sequence of one or more pipelines separated by ;, &, &&, or
     ||, and optionally terminated by ;, &, or |&.  Of these five symbols, ;,
     &, and |& have equal precedence, which is lower than that of && and ||.
     The symbols && and || also have equal precedence.	A semicolon (;) causes
     sequential execution of the preceding pipeline; an ampersand (&) causes
     asynchronous execution of the preceding pipeline (that is, the shell does
     not wait for that pipeline to finish).  The symbol |& causes asynchronous
     execution of the preceding command or pipeline with a two-way pipe
     established to the parent shell.  The standard input and output of the
     spawned command can be written to and read from by the parent shell using
     the -p option of the special commands read and print described later.
     The symbol && (||) causes the list following it to be executed only if
     the preceding pipeline returns a zero (nonzero) value.  An arbitrary
     number of newlines may appear in a list, instead of a semicolon, to
     delimit a command.

     A command is either a simple-command or one of the following.  Unless
     otherwise stated, the value returned by a command is that of the last
     simple-command executed in the command.

     for identifier [ in word ... ] ; do list ; done
	  Each time a for command is executed, identifier is set to the next
	  word taken from the in word list.  If in word ...  is omitted, the
	  for command executes the do list once for each positional parameter
	  that is set (see Parameter Substitution below).  Execution ends when
	  there are no more words in the list.

     select identifier [ in word ... ] ; do list ; done
	  A select command prints on standard error (file descriptor 2), the
	  set of words, each preceded by a number.  If in word ...  is
	  omitted, the positional parameters are used instead (see Parameter
	  Substitution below).	The PS3 prompt is printed and a line is read
	  from the standard input.  If this line consists of the number of one
	  of the listed words, the value of the parameter identifier is set to
	  the word corresponding to this number.  If this line is empty the
	  selection list is printed again.  Otherwise the value of the
	  parameter identifier is set to null.	The contents of the line read
	  from standard input is saved in the variable REPLY.  The list is
	  executed for each selection until a break or end-of-file is
	  encountered.

     case word in [ [(]pattern [ | pattern ] ... ) list ;; ] ... esac
	  A case command executes the list associated with the first pattern
	  that matches word.  The form of the patterns is the same as that
	  used for file-name generation (see Filename Generation below).

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     if list ; then list [ elif list ; then list ] ... [ ; else list ] ; fi
	  The list following if is executed and, if it returns a zero exit
	  status, the list following the first then is executed.  Otherwise,
	  the list following elif is executed and, if its value is zero, the
	  list following the next then is executed.  Failing that, the else
	  list is executed.  If no else list or then list is executed, the if
	  command returns a zero exit status.

     while list ; do list ; done
     until list ; do list ; done
	  A while command repeatedly executes the while list and, if the exit
	  status of the last command in the list is zero, executes the do
	  list; otherwise the loop terminates.	If no commands in the do list
	  are executed, the while command returns a zero exit status; until
	  may be used in place of while to negate the loop termination test.

     (list)
	  Execute list in a separate environment.  Note, that if two adjacent
	  open parentheses are needed for nesting, a space must be inserted to
	  avoid arithmetic evaluation as described below.

     { list;}
	  list is simply executed.  The { must be followed by a space.	Note
	  that unlike the metacharacters ( and ), { and } are reserved words
	  and must be typed at the beginning of a line or after a ; in order
	  to be recognized.

     [[expression]]
	  Evaluates expression and returns a zero exit status when expression
	  is true.  See Conditional Expressions below, for a description of
	  expression.

     function identifier { list;}
     identifier () { list;}
	  Define a function which is referenced by identifier.	The body of
	  the function is the list of commands between { and } (see Functions
	  below).  The { must be followed by a space.

     time pipeline
	  The pipeline is executed and the elapsed time as well as the user
	  and system time are printed on standard error.  Note that the
	  reported times reflect the elapsed time for both the parent and the
	  child processes in order to give a more accurate view of the total
	  time the pipeline took to execute.

     The following reserved words are only recognized as the first word of a
     command and when not quoted:

	  if then else elif fi case esac for while until do done { }
	  function select time [[ ]]

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   Comments
     A word beginning with # causes that word and all the following characters
     up to a newline to be ignored.

   Aliasing
     The first word of each command is replaced by the text of an alias if an
     alias for this word has been defined.  An alias name consists of any
     number of characters excluding meta-characters, quoting characters, file
     expansion characters, parameter and command substitution characters and
     =.	 The replacement string can contain any valid shell script including
     the metacharacters listed above.  The first word of each command in the
     replaced text, other than any that are in the process of being replaced,
     is tested for aliases.  If the last character of the alias value is a
     blank the word following the alias is also checked for alias
     substitution.  Aliases can be used to redefine special builtin commands
     but cannot be used to redefine the reserved words listed above.  Aliases
     can be created, listed, and exported with the alias command and can be
     removed with the unalias command.	Exported aliases remain in effect for
     scripts invoked by name, but must be reinitialized for separate
     invocations of the shell (see Invocation below).

     Aliasing is performed when scripts are read, not while they are executed.
     Therefore, for an alias to take effect the alias definition command has
     to be executed before the command which references the alias is read.

     Aliases are frequently used as a short hand for full pathnames.  An
     option to the aliasing facility allows the value of the alias to be
     automatically set to the full pathname of the corresponding command.
     These aliases are called tracked aliases.	The value of a tracked alias
     is defined the first time the corresponding command is looked up and
     becomes undefined each time the PATH variable is reset.  These aliases
     remain tracked so that the next subsequent reference redefines the value.
     Several tracked aliases are compiled into the shell.  The -h option of
     the set command makes each referenced command name into a tracked alias.

     The following exported aliases are compiled into the shell but can be
     unset or redefined:

	  autoload='typeset -fu'
	  false='let 0'
	  functions='typeset -f'
	  hash='alias -t'
	  history='fc -l'
	  integer='typeset -i'
	  nohup='nohup '
	  r='fc -e -'
	  true=':'
	  type='whence -v'

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   Tilde Substitution
     After alias substitution is performed, each word is checked to see if it
     begins with an unquoted ~.	 If it does, the word up to a / is checked to
     see if it matches a user name in the /etc/passwd file.  If a match is
     found, the ~ and the matched login name is replaced by the login
     directory of the matched user.  This is called a tilde substitution.  If
     no match is found, the original text is left unchanged.  A ~ by itself,
     or in front of a /, is replaced by $HOME.	A ~ followed by a + or - is
     replaced by $PWD and $OLDPWD respectively.

     In addition, tilde substitution is attempted when the value of a variable
     assignment begins with a ~.

     Tilde substitution is not supported in all shell invocations.  (See the
     COMPATIBILITY ISSUES section at the end of this document.)

   Command Substitution
     The standard output from a command enclosed in parentheses preceded by a
     dollar sign ( $() ) or a pair of grave accents (``) may be used as part
     or all of a word; trailing newlines are removed.  In the second (archaic)
     form, the string between the quotes is processed for special quoting
     characters before the command is executed (see Quoting below).  Not all
     forms of command substitution are supported in all shell invocations.
     (See the COMPATIBILITY ISSUES section at the end of this document.) The
     command substitution $(cat file) can be replaced by the equivalent but
     faster $(<file).  Command substitution of most special commands that do
     not perform input/output redirection are carried out without creating a
     separate process.

     In some shell invocations, an arithmetic expression enclosed in double
     parentheses and preceded by a dollar sign [$(())] is replaced by the
     value of the arithmetic expression within the double parentheses.	(See
     the COMPATIBILITY ISSUES section at the end of this document for more
     detail.)

   Parameter Substitution
     A parameter is an identifier, one or more digits, or any of the
     characters *, @, #, ?, -, $, and !.  A variable (a parameter denoted by
     an identifier) has a value and zero or more attributes.  Variables can be
     assigned values and attributes by using the typeset special command.  The
     attributes supported by the shell are described later with the typeset
     special command.  Exported parameters pass values and attributes to the
     environment.

     The shell supports a one-dimensional array facility.  An element of an
     array variable is referenced by a subscript.  A subscript is denoted by a
     [, followed by an arithmetic expression (see Arithmetic Evaluation below)
     followed by a ].  To assign values to an array, use

	  set -A name value ...

     The value of all subscripts must be in the range of 0 through 1023.

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     Arrays need not be declared.  Any reference to a variable with a valid
     subscript is legal and an array is created if necessary.  Referencing an
     array without a subscript is equivalent to referencing the element zero.

     The value of a variable may also be assigned by writing:

	  name=value [ name=value ] ...

     If the integer attribute, -i, is set for name the value is subject to
     arithmetic evaluation as described below.

     Positional parameters, parameters denoted by a number, may be assigned
     values with the set special command.  Parameter $0 is set from argument
     zero when the shell is invoked.

     The character $ is used to introduce substitutable parameters.

     ${parameter}
	  The shell reads all the characters from ${ to the matching } as part
	  of the same word even if it contains braces or metacharacters.  The
	  value, if any, of the parameter is substituted.  The braces are
	  required when parameter is followed by a letter, digit, or
	  underscore that is not to be interpreted as part of its name or when
	  a variable is subscripted.  If parameter is one or more digits it is
	  a positional parameter.  A positional parameter of more than one
	  digit must be enclosed in braces.  If parameter is * or @, all the
	  positional parameters, starting with $1, are substituted (separated
	  by a field separator character).  If an array identifier with
	  subscript * or @ is used, the value for each of the elements is
	  substituted (separated by a field separator character).

     ${#parameter}
	  If parameter is * or @, the number of positional parameters is
	  substituted.	Otherwise, the length of the value of the parameter is
	  substituted.

     ${#identifier[*]}
	  The number of elements in the array identifier is substituted.

     ${parameter:-word}
	  If parameter is set and is non-null, substitute its value; otherwise
	  substitute word.

     ${parameter:=word}
	  If parameter is not set or is null, set it to word; the value of the
	  parameter is substituted.  Positional parameters may not be assigned
	  to in this way.

     ${parameter:?word}
	  If parameter is set and is non-null, substitute its value;
	  otherwise, print word and exit from the shell.  If word is omitted,
	  a standard message is printed.

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     ${parameter:+word}
	  If parameter is set and is non-null, substitute word; otherwise
	  substitute nothing.

     ${parameter#pattern}
     ${parameter##pattern}
	  If the shell pattern matches the beginning of the value of
	  parameter, the value of this substitution is the value of the
	  parameter with the matched portion deleted; otherwise the value of
	  this parameter is substituted.  In the first form the smallest
	  matching pattern is deleted and in the second form the largest
	  matching pattern is deleted.

     ${parameter%pattern}
     ${parameter%%pattern}
	  If the shell pattern matches the end of the value of parameter, the
	  value of this substitution is the value of the parameter with the
	  matched part deleted; otherwise substitute the value of parameter.
	  In the first form the smallest matching pattern is deleted and in
	  the second form the largest matching pattern is deleted.

     In the above, word is not evaluated unless it is to be used as the
     substituted string, so that, in the following example, pwd is executed
     only if d is not set or is null:

	  echo ${d:-$(pwd)}

     If the colon (:) is omitted from the above expressions, the shell only
     checks whether parameter is set or not.

     The following parameters are automatically set by the shell:

     #	      The number of positional parameters in decimal.

     -	      Flags supplied to the shell on invocation or by the set command.

     ?	      The decimal value returned by the last executed command.

     $	      The process number of this shell.

     _	      Initially, the value _ is an absolute pathname of the shell or
	      script being executed as passed in the environment.
	      Subsequently it is assigned the last argument of the previous
	      command.	This parameter is not set for commands which are
	      asynchronous.  This parameter is also used to hold the name of
	      the matching MAIL file when checking for mail.

     !	      The process number of the last background command invoked.

     ERRNO    The value of errno as set by the most recently failed system
	      call.  This value is system dependent and is intended for
	      debugging purposes.

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     LINENO   The line number of the current line within the script or
	      function being executed.

     OLDPWD   The previous working directory set by the cd command.

     OPTARG   The value of the last option argument processed by the getopts
	      special command.

     OPTIND   The index of the last option argument processed by the getopts
	      special command.

     PPID     The process number of the parent of the shell.

     PWD      The present working directory set by the cd command.

     RANDOM   Each time this variable is referenced, a random integer,
	      uniformly distributed between 0 and 32767, is generated.	The
	      sequence of random numbers can be initialized by assigning a
	      numeric value to RANDOM.

     REPLY    This variable is set by the select statement and by the read
	      special command when no arguments are supplied.

     SECONDS  Each time this variable is referenced, the number of seconds
	      since shell invocation is returned.  If this variable is
	      assigned a value, the value returned upon reference is the value
	      that was assigned plus the number of seconds since the
	      assignment.

     The following variables are used by the shell:

     CDPATH	 The search path for the cd command.

     COLUMNS	 If this variable is set, the value is used to define the
		 width of the edit window for the shell edit modes and for
		 printing select lists.

     EDITOR	 If the value of this variable ends in emacs, or vi and the
		 VISUAL variable is not set, the corresponding option (see
		 special command set below) is turned on.

     ENV	 If this variable is set, parameter substitution is performed
		 on the value to generate the pathname of the script that will
		 be executed when the shell is invoked (see Invocation below).
		 This file is typically used for alias and function
		 definitions.

     FCEDIT	 The default editor name for the fc command.

     FPATH	 The search path for function definitions.  This path is
		 searched when a function with the -u attribute is referenced
		 and when a command is not found.  If an executable file is

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		 found, it is read and executed in the current environment.

     IFS	 Internal field separators (normally space, tab, and newline)
		 used to separate command words that result from command or
		 parameter substitution and for separating words with the
		 special command read.	The first character of the IFS
		 variable is used to separate arguments for the "$*"
		 substitution (see Quoting below).

     HISTFILE	 If this variable is set when the shell is invoked, the value
		 is the pathname of the file that is used to store the command
		 history (see Command re-entry below).

     HISTSIZE	 If this variable is set when the shell is invoked, the number
		 of previously entered commands that are accessible by this
		 shell is greater than or equal to this number.	 The default
		 is 128.

     HOME	 The default argument (home directory) for the cd command.

     LINES	 If this variable is set, the value is used to determine the
		 column length for printing select lists.  Select lists print
		 vertically until about two-thirds of LINES lines are filled.

     MAIL	 If this variable is set to the name of a mail file and the
		 MAILPATH variable is not set, the shell informs the user of
		 arrival of mail in the specified file.

     MAILCHECK	 This variable specifies how often (in seconds) the shell
		 checks for changes in the modification time of any of the
		 files specified by the MAILPATH or MAIL variables.  The
		 default value is 600 seconds.	When the time has elapsed, the
		 shell checks before issuing the next prompt.

     MAILPATH	 A colon ( : ) separated list of filenames.  If this variable
		 is set the shell informs the user of any modifications to the
		 specified files that have occurred within the last MAILCHECK
		 seconds.  Each filename can be followed by a ?	 and a message
		 that is printed.  The message undergoes parameter
		 substitution with the variable, $_ defined as the name of the
		 file that has changed.	 The default message is you have mail
		 in $_.

     PATH	 The search path for commands (see Execution below).  The user
		 may not change PATH if executing under rsh (except in
		 .profile).

     PS1	 The value of this variable is expanded for parameter
		 substitution to define the primary prompt string which by
		 default is ``$ ''.  The character !  in the primary prompt
		 string is replaced by the command number (see Command Re-
		 entry below).

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     PS2	 Secondary prompt string, by default ``> ''.

     PS3	 Selection prompt string used within a select loop, by default
		 ``#? ''.

     PS4	 The value of this variable is expanded for parameter
		 substitution and precedes each line of an execution trace.
		 If omitted, the execution trace prompt is ``+ ''.

     SHELL	 The pathname of the shell is kept in the environment.	At
		 invocation, if the basename of this variable matches the
		 pattern *r*sh, the shell becomes restricted.

     TMOUT	 If set to a value greater than zero, the shell terminates if
		 a command is not entered within the prescribed number of
		 seconds after issuing the PS1 prompt.	(Note that the shell
		 can be compiled with a maximum bound for this value which
		 cannot be exceeded.)

     VISUAL	 If the value of this variable ends in emacs, or vi the
		 corresponding option (see special command set below) is
		 turned on.

     _XPG	 The value of this variable controls certain features of the
		 shell. The default value is 0 (zero).	(See the COMPATIBILITY
		 ISSUES section at the end of this document.)

     The shell gives default values to PATH, PS1, PS2, MAILCHECK, _XPG, TMOUT
     and IFS.  HOME, MAIL and SHELL are set by login(1).

   Blank Interpretation
     After parameter and command substitution, the results of substitutions
     are scanned for the field separator characters ( those found in IFS ) and
     split into distinct arguments where such characters are found.  Explicit
     null arguments ("" or '') are retained.  Implicit null arguments (those
     resulting from parameters that have no values) are removed.

   Filename Generation
     Following substitution, each command word is scanned for the characters
     *, ?, and [ unless the -f option has been set.  If one of these
     characters appears, the word is regarded as a pattern.  The word is
     replaced with lexicographically sorted filenames that match the pattern.
     If no filename is found that matches the pattern, the word is left
     unchanged.	 When a pattern is used for filename generation, the character
     .	at the start of a filename or immediately following a /, as well as
     the character / itself, must be matched explicitly.  In other instances
     of pattern matching the / and .  are not treated specially.

     *	     Matches any string, including the null string.

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     ?	     Matches any single character.

     [...]   Matches any one of the enclosed characters.  A pair of characters
	     separated by - matches any character lexically between the pair,
	     inclusive.	 If the first character following the opening "[ " is
	     a "!" any character not enclosed is matched.  A - can be included
	     in the character set by putting it as the first or last
	     character.

     A pattern-list is a list of one or more patterns separated from each
     other with a |.  Composite patterns can be formed with one or more of the
     following:

     ?(pattern-list)   Optionally matches any one of the given patterns.

     *(pattern-list)   Matches zero or more occurrences of the given patterns.

     +(pattern-list)   Matches one or more occurrences of the given patterns.

     @(pattern-list)   Matches exactly one of the given patterns.

     !(pattern-list)   Matches anything, except one of the given patterns.

   Quoting
     Each of the metacharacters listed above (see Definitions above) has a
     special meaning to the shell and causes termination of a word unless
     quoted.  A character may be quoted (that is, made to stand for itself) by
     preceding it with a \.  The pair \newline is removed.  All characters
     enclosed between a pair of single quote marks (''), are quoted.  A single
     quote cannot appear within single quotes.	Inside double quote marks
     (""), parameter and command substitution occurs and \ quotes the
     characters \, `, ", and $.	 The meaning of $* and $@ is identical when
     not quoted or when used as a variable assignment value or as a filename.
     However, when used as a command argument, "$*" is equivalent to
     "$1d$2d...", where d is the first character of the IFS variable, whereas
     "$@" is equivalent to "$1"d"$2"d... .  Inside grave quote marks (``) \
     quotes the characters \, `, and $.	 If the grave quotes occur within
     double quotes, \ also quotes the character ".

     The special meaning of reserved words or aliases can be removed by
     quoting any character of the reserved word.  The recognition of function
     names or special command names listed below cannot be altered by quoting
     them.

   Arithmetic Evaluation
     An ability to perform integer arithmetic is provided with the special
     command let.  Evaluations are performed using long arithmetic.  Constants
     are of the form [base#]n where base is a decimal number between two and
     thirty-six representing the arithmetic base and n is a number in that
     base.  If base# is omitted base 10 is used.

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     An arithmetic expression uses the same syntax, precedence, and
     associativity of expression of the C language.  All the integral
     operators, other than ++, --, ?:, and , are supported.  Variables can be
     referenced by name within an arithmetic expression without using the
     parameter substitution syntax.  When a variable is referenced, its value
     is evaluated as an arithmetic expression.

     An internal integer representation of a variable can be specified with
     the -i option of the typeset special command.  Arithmetic evaluation is
     performed on the value of each assignment to a variable with the -i
     attribute.	 If you do not specify an arithmetic base, the first
     assignment to the variable determines the arithmetic base.	 This base is
     used when parameter substitution occurs.

     Since many of the arithmetic operators require quoting, an alternative
     form of the let command is provided.  For any command which begins with a
     ((, all the characters until a matching )) are treated as a quoted
     expression.  More precisely, ((...)) is equivalent to let "...".

   Prompting
     When used interactively, the shell prompts with the parameter expanded
     value of PS1 before reading a command.  If at any time a newline is typed
     and further input is needed to complete a command, the secondary prompt
     (that is, the value of PS2) is issued.

   Conditional Expressions
     A conditional expression is used with the [[ compound command to test
     attributes of files and to compare strings.  Word splitting and filename
     generation are not performed on the words between [[ and ]].  Each
     expression can be constructed from one or more of the following unary or
     binary expressions:

     -a file		 True, if file exists.
     -b file		 True, if file exists and is a block special file.
     -c file		 True, if file exists and is a character special file.
     -d file		 True, if file exists and is a directory.
     -e file		 Same as -a file.
     -f file		 True, if file exists and is an ordinary file.
     -g file		 True, if file exists and is has its setgid bit set.
     -k file		 True, if file exists and is has its sticky bit set.
     -n string		 True, if length of string is nonzero.
     -o option		 True, if option named option is on.
     -p file		 True, if file exists and is a fifo special file or a
			 pipe.
     -r file		 True, if file exists and is readable by current
			 process.
     -s file		 True, if file exists and has size greater than zero.
     -t fildes		 True, if file descriptor number fildes is open and
			 associated with a terminal device.
     -u file		 True, if file exists and is has its setuid bit set.

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     -w file		 True, if file exists and is writable by current
			 process.
     -x file		 True, if file exists and is executable by current
			 process.  If file exists and is a directory, the
			 current process has permission to search in the
			 directory.
     -z string		 True, if length of string is zero.
     -L file		 True, if file exists and is a symbolic link.
     -O file		 True, if file exists and is owned by the effective
			 user id of this process.
     -G file		 True, if file exists and its group matches the
			 effective group id of this process.
     -S file		 True, if file exists and is a socket.
     file1 -nt file2	 True, if file1 exists and is newer than file2.
     file1 -ot file2	 True, if file1 exists and is older than file2.
     file1 -ef file2	 True, if file1 and file2 exist and refer to the same
			 file.
     string = pattern	 True, if string matches pattern.
     string != pattern	 True, if string does not match pattern.
     string1 < string2	 True, if string1 comes before string2 based on ASCII
			 value of their characters.
     string1 > string2	 True, if string1 comes after string2 based on ASCII
			 value of their characters.
     exp1 -eq exp2	 True, if exp1 is equal to exp2.
     exp1 -ne exp2	 True, if exp1 is not equal to exp2.
     exp1 -lt exp2	 True, if exp1 is less than exp2.
     exp1 -gt exp2	 True, if exp1 is greater than exp2.
     exp1 -le exp2	 True, if exp1 is less than or equal to exp2.
     exp1 -ge exp2	 True, if exp1 is greater than or equal to exp2.

     In each of the above expressions, if file is of the form /dev/fd/n, where
     n is an integer, the test is applied to the open file whose descriptor
     number is n.

     A compound expression can be constructed from these primitives by using
     any of the following, listed in decreasing order of precedence.

     (expression)		  True, if expression is true.	Used to group
				  expressions.

     ! expression		  True if expression is false.

     expression1 && expression2	  True, if expression1 and expression2 are
				  both true.

     expression1 || expression2	  True, if either expression1 or expression2
				  is true.

   Input/Output
     Before a command is executed, its input and output may be redirected
     using a special notation interpreted by the shell.	 The following may
     appear anywhere in a simple-command or may precede or follow a command

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     and are not passed on to the invoked command.  Command and parameter
     substitution occurs before word or digit is used except as noted below.
     Filename generation occurs only if the pattern matches a single file and
     blank interpretation is not performed.

     <word	 Use file word as standard input (file descriptor 0).

     >word	 Use file word as standard output (file descriptor 1).	If the
		 file does not exist it is created.  If the file exists, is a
		 regular file, and the noclobber option is on, this causes an
		 error; otherwise, it is truncated to zero length.

     >|word	 Sames as >, except that it overrides the noclobber option.

     >>word	 Use file word as standard output.  If the file exists output
		 is appended to it (by first seeking to the end-of-file);
		 otherwise, the file is created.

     <>word	 Open file word for reading and writing as standard input.

     <<[-]word	 The shell input is read up to a line that is the same as
		 word, or to an end-of-file.  No parameter substitution,
		 command substitution or filename generation is performed on
		 word.	The resulting document, called a here-document,
		 becomes the standard input.  If any character of word is
		 quoted, no interpretation is placed upon the characters of
		 the document; otherwise, parameter and command substitution
		 occurs, \newline is ignored, and \ must be used to quote the
		 characters \, $, `, and the first character of word.  If - is
		 appended to <<, all leading tabs are stripped from word and
		 from the document.

     <&digit	 The standard input is duplicated from file descriptor digit
		 [see dup(2)].	Similarly for the standard output using >&
		 digit.

     <&-	 The standard input is closed.	Similarly for the standard
		 output using >&-.

     <&p	 The input from the co-process is moved to standard input.

     >&p	 The output to the co-process is moved to standard output.

     If one of the above is preceded by a digit, the file descriptor number
     referred to is that specified by the digit (instead of the default 0 or
     1).  For example,

	  ... 2>&1

     means file descriptor 2 is to be opened for writing as a duplicate of
     file descriptor 1.

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     The order in which redirections are specified is significant.  The shell
     evaluates each redirection in terms of the (file descriptor, file)
     association at the time of evaluation.  For example:

	  ... 1>fname 2>&1

     first associates file descriptor 1 with file fname.  It then associates
     file descriptor 2 with the file associated with file descriptor 1 (that
     is, fname).  If the order of redirections were reversed, file descriptor
     2 is associated with the terminal (assuming file descriptor 1 had been)
     and then file descriptor 1 is associated with file fname.

     If a command is followed by & and job control is not active, the default
     standard input for the command is the empty file /dev/null.  Otherwise,
     the environment for the execution of a command contains the file
     descriptors of the invoking shell as modified by input/output
     specifications.

   Environment
     The environment [see environ(5)] is a list of name-value pairs that is
     passed to an executed program in the same way as a normal argument list.
     The names must be identifiers and the values are character strings.  The
     shell interacts with the environment in several ways.  On invocation, the
     shell scans the environment and creates a variable for each name found,
     giving it the corresponding value and marking it export . Executed
     commands inherit the environment.	If the user modifies the values of
     these variables or creates new ones, using the export or typeset -x
     commands they become part of the environment.  The environment seen by
     any executed command is thus composed of any name-value pairs originally
     inherited by the shell, whose values may be modified by the current
     shell, plus any additions which must be noted in export or typeset -x
     commands.

     The environment for any simple-command or function may be augmented by
     prefixing it with one or more variable assignments.  A variable
     assignment argument is a word of the form identifier=value.  Thus, the
     commands:

	  TERM=450 cmd args
	  (export TERM; TERM=450; cmd args)

     are equivalent (as far as the above execution of cmd is concerned except
     for commands listed with one or two asterisks, * or **, in the Special
     Commands section).

     If the -k flag is set, all variable assignment arguments are placed in
     the environment, even if they occur after the command name.  The
     following first prints a=b c and then c:

	  echo a=b c
	  set -k
	  echo a=b c

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     This feature is intended for use with scripts written for early versions
     of the shell and its use in new scripts is strongly discouraged.  It is
     likely to disappear someday.

   Functions
     The function reserved word, described in the Commands section above, is
     used to define shell functions.  Shell functions are read in and stored
     internally.  Alias names are resolved when the function is read.
     Functions are executed like commands with the arguments passed as
     positional parameters (see Execution below).  Within a function, the
     special positional parameter $0 may be the name of the invoking program
     or the name of the function, depending on how the shell is invoked.  (See
     the COMPATIBILITY ISSUES section at the end of this document)

     Functions execute in the same process as the caller and share all files
     and present working directory with the caller.  Traps caught by the
     caller are reset to their default action inside the function.  A trap
     condition that is not caught or ignored by the function causes the
     function to terminate and the condition to be passed on to the caller.  A
     trap on EXIT set inside a function is executed after the function
     completes in the environment of the caller.  Ordinarily, variables are
     shared between the calling program and the function.  However, the
     typeset special command used within a function defines local variables
     whose scope includes the current function and all functions it calls.

     The special command return is used to return from function calls.	Errors
     within functions return control to the caller.

     Function identifiers can be listed with the -f or +f option of the
     typeset special command.  The text of functions may also be listed with
     -f.  Function can be undefined with the -f option of the unset special
     command.

     Ordinarily, functions are unset when the shell executes a shell script.
     The -xf option of the typeset command allows a function to be exported to
     scripts that are executed without a separate invocation of the shell.
     Functions that need to be defined across separate invocations of the
     shell should be specified in the ENV file with the -xf option of typeset.

   Jobs
     If the monitor option of the set command is turned on, an interactive
     shell associates a job with each pipeline.	 It keeps a table of current
     jobs, printed by the jobs command, and assigns them small integer
     numbers.  The max number of jobs is defined by the systune value 'maxup'.
     This is determined at shell invocation. When a job is started
     asynchronously with &, the shell prints a line which looks like:

	  [1] 1234

     indicating that the job which was started asynchronously was job number 1
     and had one (top-level) process, whose process id was 1234.

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     If you are running a job and wish to do something else you may hit the
     key ^Z (CTRL-z) which sends a STOP signal to the current job.  The shell
     normally indicates that the job has been `Stopped', and prints another
     prompt.  You can manipulate the state of this job, putting it in the
     background with the bg command or run some other commands and eventually
     bring the job back into the foreground with the foreground command fg.  A
     ^Z takes effect immediately and is like an interrupt in that pending
     output and unread input are discarded when it is typed.

     A job being run in the background stops if it tries to read from the
     terminal.	Background jobs are normally allowed to produce output, but
     this can be disabled by giving the command ``stty tostop''.  If you set
     this tty option, background jobs stop when they try to produce output
     like they do when they try to read input.

     There are several ways to refer to jobs in the shell.  A job can be
     referred to by the process id of any process of the job or by one of the
     following:

     %number	The job with the given number.

     %string	Any job whose command line begins with string.

     %?string	Any job whose command line contains string.

     %%		Current job.

     %+		Equivalent to %%.

     %-		Previous job.

     This shell learns immediately whenever a process changes state.  It
     normally informs you whenever a job becomes blocked so that no further
     progress is possible, but only just before it prints a prompt.  This is
     done so that it does not otherwise disturb your work.

     When the monitor mode is on, each background job that completes triggers
     any trap set for CHLD.

     When you try to leave the shell while jobs are running or stopped, you
     are be warned that `You have stopped(running) jobs.'  You may use the
     jobs command to see what they are.	 If you do this or immediately try to
     exit again, the shell does not warn you a second time, and the stopped
     jobs are terminated.

   Signals
     When a command is run in the background (that it, when it is followed by
     &) and the job monitor option is active, the command does not receive
     INTERRUPT or QUIT signals.	 When a command is run in the background (that
     it, when it is followed by &) and the job monitor option is not active,
     the command receives INTERRUPT or QUIT signals but ignores them.
     Otherwise, signals have the values inherited by the shell from its parent

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     (but see also the trap command below).

   Execution
     Each time a command is executed, the above substitutions are carried out.
     If the command name matches one of the special commands listed below, it
     is executed within the current shell process.  Next, the command name is
     checked to see if it matches one of the user defined functions.  If it
     does, the positional parameters are saved and reset to the arguments of
     the function call.	 When the function completes or issues a return, the
     positional parameter list is restored and any trap set on EXIT within the
     function is executed.  The value of a function is the value of the last
     command executed.	A function is also executed in the current shell
     process.  If a command name is not a special command or a user defined
     function, a process is created and an attempt is made to execute the
     command via exec(2).

     The shell variable PATH defines the search path for the directory
     containing the command.  Alternative directory names are separated by a
     colon (:).	 The default path is /usr/bin:	(specifying /usr/bin and the
     current directory in that order).	The current directory can be specified
     by two or more adjacent colons, or by a colon at the beginning or end of
     the path list.  If the command name contains a / the search path is not
     used.  Otherwise, each directory in the path is searched for an
     executable file.  If the file has execute permission but is not a
     directory or an a.out file, it is assumed to be a file containing shell
     commands.	A sub-shell is spawned to read it.  All non-exported aliases,
     functions, and variables, are removed in this case.  A parenthesized
     command is executed in a sub-shell without removing non-exported
     quantities.

   Command Re-entry
     The text of the last HISTSIZE (default 128) commands entered from a
     terminal device is saved in a history file.  The file $HOME/.sh_history
     is used if the file denoted by the HISTFILE variable is not set or is not
     writable.	A shell can access the commands of all interactive shells
     which use the same named HISTFILE.	 The special command fc is used to
     list or edit a portion of this file.  The portion of the file to be
     edited or listed can be selected by number or by giving the first
     character or characters of the command.  A single command or range of
     commands can be specified.	 If you do not specify an editor program as an
     argument to fc the value of the variable FCEDIT is used.  If FCEDIT is
     not defined /usr/bin/ed is used.  The edited command(s) is printed and
     re-executed upon leaving the editor.  The editor name - is used to skip
     the editing phase and to re-execute the command.  In this case a
     substitution variable of the form old=new can be used to modify the
     command before execution.	For example, if r is aliased to 'fc -e -',
     typing `r bad=good c' re-executes the most recent command that starts
     with the letter c, replacing the first occurrence of the string bad with
     the string good.

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   Inline Editing Option
     Normally, each command line entered from a terminal device is simply
     typed followed by a newline (`RETURN' or `LINE FEED').  If either the
     emacs, or vi option is active, the user can edit the command line.	 To be
     in either of these edit modes set the corresponding option.  An editing
     option is automatically selected each time the VISUAL or EDITOR variable
     is assigned a value ending in either of these option names.

     The editing features require that the user's terminal accept `RETURN' as
     carriage return without line feed and that a space (` ') must overwrite
     the current character on the screen.

     The editing modes implement a concept where the user is looking through a
     window at the current line.  The window width is the value of COLUMNS if
     it is defined, otherwise 80.  If the line is longer than the window width
     minus two, a mark is displayed at the end of the window to notify the
     user.  As the cursor moves and reaches the window boundaries, the window
     is centered about the cursor.  The mark is a > (<, *) if the line extends
     on the right (left, both) side(s) of the window.

     The search commands in each edit mode provide access to the history file.
     Only strings are matched, not patterns, although a leading ^ in the
     string restricts the match to begin at the first character in the line.

   Emacs Editing Mode
     This mode is entered by enabling either the emacs or gmacs option.	 The
     only difference between these two modes is the way they handle ^T.	 To
     edit, the user moves the cursor to the point needing correction and then
     inserts or deletes characters or words as needed.	All the editing
     commands are control characters or escape sequences.  The notation for
     control characters is caret ( ^ ) followed by the character.  For
     example, ^F is the notation for CTRL-f.  This is entered by depressing
     `f' while holding down the `CTRL' (control) key.  (The notation ^?
     indicates the DEL (delete) key.)

     The notation for escape sequences is M- followed by a character.  For
     example, M-f (pronounced Meta f) is entered by depressing ESC (ascii
     \033) followed by `f'.  (M-F would be the notation for ESC followed by
     `SHIFT' (capital) `F'.)

     All edit commands operate from any place on the line (not just at the
     beginning).  Neither the "RETURN" nor the "LINE FEED" key is entered
     after edit commands except when noted.

     ^F	       Move cursor forward (right) one character.
     M-f       Move cursor forward one word.  (The emacs editor's idea of a
	       word is a string of characters consisting of only letters,
	       digits and underscores.)
     ^B	       Move cursor backward (left) one character.
     M-b       Move cursor backward one word.

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     ^A	       Move cursor to start of line.
     ^E	       Move cursor to end of line.
     ^]char    Move cursor forward to character char on current line.
     M-^]char  Move cursor back to character char on current line.
     ^X^X      Interchange the cursor and mark.
     erase     (User defined erase character as defined by the stty(1)
	       command, usually ^H or #.)  Delete previous character.
     ^D	       Delete current character.
     M-d       Delete current word.
     M-^H      (Meta-backspace) Delete previous word.
     M-h       Delete previous word.
     M-^?      (Meta-DEL) Delete previous word (if your interrupt character is
	       ^?  (DEL, the default) then this command will not work).
     ^T	       Transpose current character with next character in emacs mode.
	       Transpose two previous characters in gmacs mode.
     ^C	       Capitalize current character.
     M-c       Capitalize current word.
     M-l       Change the current word to lower case.
     ^K	       Delete from the cursor to the end of the line.  If preceded by
	       a numerical parameter whose value is less than the current
	       cursor position, then delete from given position up to the
	       cursor.	If preceded by a numerical parameter whose value is
	       greater than the current cursor position, then delete from
	       cursor up to given cursor position.
     ^W	       Kill from the cursor to the mark.
     M-p       Push the region from the cursor to the mark on the stack.
     kill      (User defined kill character as defined by the stty command,
	       usually ^G or @.)  Kill the entire current line.	 If two kill
	       characters are entered in succession, all kill characters from
	       then on cause a line feed (useful when using paper terminals).
     ^Y	       Restore last item removed from line. (Yank item back to the
	       line.)
     ^L	       Line feed and print current line.
     ^@	       (Null character) Set mark.
     M-space   (Meta space) Set mark.
     ^J	       (New line) Execute the current line.
     ^M	       (Return) Execute the current line.
     eof       End-of-file character, normally ^D, is processed as an End-of-
	       file only if the current line is null.
     ^P	       Fetch previous command.	Each time ^P is entered the previous
	       command back in time is accessed.  Moves back one line when not
	       on the first line of a multi-line command.
     M-<       Fetch the least recent (oldest) history line.
     M->       Fetch the most recent (youngest) history line.
     ^N	       Fetch next command line.	 Each time ^N is entered the next
	       command line forward in time is accessed.
     ^Rstring  Reverse search history for a previous command line containing
	       string.	If a parameter of zero is given, the search is
	       forward.	 String is terminated by a "RETURN" or "NEW LINE".  If
	       string is preceded by a ^, the matched line must begin with
	       string.	If string is omitted, then the next command line
	       containing the most recent string is accessed.  In this case a

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	       parameter of zero reverses the direction of the search.
     ^O	       Operate - Execute the current line and fetch the next line
	       relative to current line from the history file.
     M-digits  (Escape) Define numeric parameter, the digits are taken as a
	       parameter to the next command.  The commands that accept a
	       parameter are ^F, ^B, erase, ^C, ^D, ^K, ^R, ^P, ^N, ^], M-.,
	       M-^], M-_, M-b, M-c, M-d, M-f, M-h M-l and M-^H.
     M-letter  Soft-key - Your alias list is searched for an alias by the name
	       _letter and if an alias of this name is defined, its value will
	       be inserted on the input queue.	The letter must not be one of
	       the above meta-functions.  M-]letter Soft-key - Your alias list
	       is searched for an alias by the name __letter and if an alias
	       of this name is defined, its value will be inserted on the
	       input queue.  The can be used to program functions keys on many
	       terminals.
     M-.       The last word of the previous command is inserted on the line.
	       If preceded by a numeric parameter, the value of this parameter
	       determines which word to insert rather than the last word.
     M-_       Same as M-..
     M-*       Attempt file name generation on the current word.  An asterisk
	       is appended if the word doesn't match any file or contain any
	       special pattern characters.
     M-ESC     File name completion.  Replaces the current word with the
	       longest common prefix of all filenames matching the current
	       word with an asterisk appended.	If the match is unique, a / is
	       appended if the file is a directory and a space is appended if
	       the file is not a directory.
     M-=       List files matching current word pattern if an asterisk were
	       appended.
     ^U	       Multiply parameter of next command by 4.
     \	       Escape next character.  Editing characters, the user's erase,
	       kill and interrupt (normally ^?)	 characters may be entered in
	       a command line or in a search string if preceded by a \.	 The \
	       removes the next character's editing features (if any).
     ^V	       Display version of the shell.
     M-#       Insert a # at the beginning of the line and execute it.	This
	       causes a comment to be inserted in the history file.

   vi Editing Mode
     There are two typing modes.  Initially, when you enter a command you are
     in the input mode.	 To edit, the user enters control mode by typing ESC
     (\033), moves the cursor to the point needing correction, and inserts or
     deletes characters or words as needed.  Most control commands accept an
     optional repeat count prior to the command.

     When in vi mode on most systems, canonical processing is initially
     enabled and the command is echoed again if the speed is 1200 baud or
     greater and it contains any control characters or less than one second
     has elapsed since the prompt was printed.	The ESC character terminates
     canonical processing for the remainder of the command and the user can
     modify the command line.  This scheme has the advantages of canonical
     processing with the type-ahead echoing of raw mode.

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     If the option viraw is also set, the terminal always has canonical
     processing disabled.

   Input Edit Commands
     By default the editor is in input mode.

     erase   (User defined erase character as defined by the stty command,
	     usually ^H or #.)	Delete previous character.

     ^W	     Delete the previous blank separated word.

     ^D	     Terminate the shell.

     ^V	     Escape next character.  Editing characters, the user's erase or
	     kill characters may be entered in a command line or in a search
	     string if preceded by a ^V.  The ^V removes the next character's
	     editing features (if any).

     \	     Escape the next erase or kill character.

   Motion Edit Commands
     These commands move the cursor.

     [count]l	 Cursor forward (right) one character.

     [count]w	 Cursor forward one alpha-numeric word.

     [count]W	 Cursor to the beginning of the next word that follows a
		 blank.

     [count]e	 Cursor to end of word.

     [count]E	 Cursor to end of the current blank delimited word.

     [count]h	 Cursor backward (left) one character.

     [count]b	 Cursor backward one word.

     [count]B	 Cursor to preceding blank separated word.

     [count]|	 Cursor to column count.

     [count]fc	 Find the next character c in the current line.

     [count]Fc	 Find the previous character c in the current line.

     [count]tc	 Equivalent to f followed by h.

     [count]Tc	 Equivalent to F followed by l.

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     [count];	 Repeats count times, the last single character find command,
		 f, F, t, or T.

     [count],	 Reverses the last single character find command count times.

     0		 Cursor to start of line.

     ^		 Cursor to first non-blank character in line.

     $		 Cursor to end of line.

   Search Edit Commands
     These commands access your command history.

     [count]k	 Fetch previous command.  Each time k is entered the previous
		 command back in time is accessed.

     [count]-	 Equivalent to k.

     [count]j	 Fetch next command.  Each time j is entered the next command
		 forward in time is accessed.

     [count]+	 Equivalent to j.

     [count]G	 The command number count is fetched.  The default is the
		 least recent history command.

     /string	 Search backward through history for a previous command
		 containing string.  String is terminated by a "RETURN" or
		 "NEW LINE".  If string is preceded by a ^, the matched line
		 must begin with string.  If string is null the previous
		 string is used.

     ?string	 Same as / except that search is in the forward direction.

     n		 Search for next match of the last pattern to / or ?
		 commands.

     N		 Search for next match of the last pattern to / or ?, but in
		 reverse direction.  Search history for the string entered by
		 the previous / command.

   Text Modification Edit Commands
     These commands modify the line.

     a		      Enter input mode and enter text after the current
		      character.

     A		      Append text to the end of the line.  Equivalent to $a.

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     [count]cmotion
     c[count]motion   Delete current character through the character that
		      motion would move the cursor to and enter input mode.
		      If motion is c, the entire line is deleted and input
		      mode entered.

     C		      Delete the current character through the end of line and
		      enter input mode.	 Equivalent to c$.

     S		      Equivalent to cc.

     D		      Delete the current character through the end of line.
		      Equivalent to d$.

     [count]dmotion
     d[count]motion   Delete current character through the character that
		      motion would move to.  If motion is d, the entire line
		      is deleted.

     i		      Enter input mode and insert text before the current
		      character.

     I		      Insert text before the beginning of the line.
		      Equivalent to 0i.

     [count]P	      Place the previous text modification before the cursor.

     [count]p	      Place the previous text modification after the cursor.

     R		      Enter input mode and replace characters on the screen
		      with characters you type overlay fashion.

     [count]rc	      Replace the count character(s) starting at the current
		      cursor position with c, and advance the cursor.

     [count]x	      Delete current character.

     [count]X	      Delete preceding character.

     [count].	      Repeat the previous text modification command.

     [count]~	      Invert the case of the count character(s) starting at
		      the current cursor position and advance the cursor.

     [count]_	      Causes the count word of the previous command to be
		      appended and input mode entered.	The last word is used
		      if count is omitted.

     *		      Causes an * to be appended to the current word and
		      filename generation attempted.  If no match is found, it
		      rings the bell.  Otherwise, the word is replaced by the
		      matching pattern and input mode is entered.

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     \		      Filename completion.  Replaces the current word with the
		      longest common prefix of all filenames matching the
		      current word with an asterisk appended.  If the match is
		      unique, a / is appended if the file is a directory and a
		      space is appended if the file is not a directory.

   Other Edit Commands
     Miscellaneous commands.

     [count]ymotion
     y[count]motion   Yank current character through character that motion
		      would move the cursor to and puts them into the delete
		      buffer.  The text and cursor are unchanged.

     Y		      Yanks from current position to end of line.  Equivalent
		      to y$.

     u		      Undo the last text modifying command.

     U		      Undo all the text modifying commands performed on the
		      line.

     [count]v	      Returns the command fc -e ${VISUAL:-${EDITOR:-vi}} count
		      in the input buffer.  If count is omitted, the current
		      line is used.

     ^L		      Line feed and print current line.	 Has effect only in
		      control mode.

     ^J		      (New line) Execute the current line, regardless of mode.

     ^M		      (Return) Execute the current line, regardless of mode.

     #		      Sends the line after inserting a # in front of the line.
		      Useful for causing the current line to be inserted in
		      the history without being executed.

     =		      List the filenames that match the current word if an
		      asterisk were appended it.

     @letter	      Your alias list is searched for an alias by the name
		      _letter and if an alias of this name is defined, its
		      value is inserted on the input queue for processing.

   Special Commands
     The following simple-commands are executed in the shell process.
     Input/output redirection is permitted.  Unless otherwise indicated, the
     output is written on file descriptor 1 and the exit status, when there is
     no syntax error, is zero.	Commands that are followed by one or two
     asterisks, * or **, are treated specially in the following ways:

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     1.	  Variable assignment lists preceding the command remain in effect
	  when the command completes.

     2.	  I/O redirections are processed after variable assignments.

     3.	  Errors cause a script that contains them to abort.

     4.	  Words, following a command followed by ** that are in the format of
	  a variable assignment, are expanded with the same rules as a
	  variable assignment.	This means that tilde substitution is
	  performed after the = sign and word splitting and filename
	  generation are not performed.

     : [ arg ... ]     *
	  The command only expands parameters.

     . file [ arg ... ]	    *
	  Read the complete file and execute the commands.  The commands are
	  executed in the current shell environment.  The search path
	  specified by PATH is used to find the directory containing file.  If
	  any arguments arg are given, they become the positional parameters.
	  Otherwise the positional parameters are unchanged.  The exit status
	  is the exit status of the last command executed.

     alias [ -tx ] [ name[=value ] ] ...     **
	  Alias with no arguments prints the list of aliases in the form
	  name=value on standard output.  An alias is defined for each name
	  whose value is given.	 A trailing space in value causes the next
	  word to be checked for alias substitution.  The -t flag is used to
	  set and list tracked aliases.	 The value of a tracked alias is the
	  full pathname corresponding to the given name.  The value becomes
	  undefined when the value of PATH is reset but the aliases remain
	  tracked.  Without the -t flag, for each name in the argument list
	  for which no value is given, the name and value of the alias is
	  printed.  The -x flag is used to set or print exported aliases.  An
	  exported alias is defined for scripts invoked by name.  The exit
	  status is nonzero if a name is given, but no value, for which no
	  alias has been defined.

     bg [ job... ]
	  This command is only on systems that support job control.  Puts each
	  specified job into the background.  The current job is put in the
	  background if job is not specified.  See Jobs for a description of
	  the format of job.

     break [ n ]     *
	  Exit from the enclosing for, while, until or select loop, if any.
	  If n is specified, break n levels.

     command [ -p ] command_name [ argument ... ]

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     command [ -v | -V ] command_name
	  The command utility causes the shell to treat the arguments as a
	  simple command, suppressing the shell function lookup.  If the
	  command_name is the same as the name of one of the special builtin
	  utilities, the special properties in the enumerated list at the
	  beginning of Special Commands section do not occur.  In every other
	  respect, if command_name is not the name of a function, the effect
	  of command are the same as omitting command.

	  The -p option performs the search using a default value for PATH
	  that is guaranteed to find all of the standard utilities.

	  The -v option writes a string to standard output that indicates the
	  pathname or command that will be used by the shell, in the current
	  execution environment, to invoke command_name.

	  The -V option writes a string to standard output that indicates how
	  the name given in the command_name operand is interpreted by the
	  shell in the current shell execution environment.  It indicates in
	  which of the following categories command_name falls and include the
	  information stated:

	  Utilities, regular builtin utilities, and any implementation-
	  provided functions that are found using the PATH variable are
	  identified as such and include the absolute pathname in the string.

	  Other shell functions are identified as functions.

	  Aliases are identified as aliases and their definitions are included
	  in the string.

	  Special builtin utilities are identified as special builtin
	  utilities.

	  Regular builtin utilities not associated with a PATH search are
	  identified as regular builtin utilities.

	  Shell reserved words are identified as reserved words.

     continue [ n ]	*
	  Resume the next iteration of the enclosing for, while, until or
	  select loop.	If n is specified, resume at the n-th enclosing loop.

     cd [ -LP ]	  arg
     cd [ -LP ]	 old new
	  This command can be in either of two forms.  In the first form it
	  changes the current directory to arg.	 If arg is - the directory is
	  changed to the previous directory.  The shell variable HOME is the
	  default arg.	The variable PWD is set to the current directory.  The
	  shell variable CDPATH defines the search path for the directory
	  containing arg.  Alternative directory names are separated by a
	  colon (:).  The default path is <null> (specifying the current

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	  directory).  Note that the current directory is specified by a null
	  pathname, which can appear immediately after the equal sign or
	  between the colon delimiters anywhere else in the path list.	If arg
	  begins with a / the search path is not used.	Otherwise, each
	  directory in the path is searched for arg.

	  The second form of cd substitutes the string new for the string old
	  in the current directory name, PWD and tries to change to this new
	  directory.

	  If you specify -L, sh does not resolve symbolic links.  This is the
	  default behavior.

	  If you specify -P, sh resolves all symbolic links.

	  If you specify both -L and -P, the last option specifies the
	  behavior.

	  The cd command may not be executed by restricted sh.

     echo [ arg ... ]
	  See echo(1) for usage and description.

     eval [ arg ... ]	  *
	  The arguments are read as input to the shell and the resulting
	  command(s) executed.

     exec [ arg ... ]	  *
	  If arg is given, the command specified by the arguments is executed
	  in place of this shell without creating a new process.  Input/output
	  arguments may appear and affect the current process.	If no
	  arguments are given the effect of this command is to modify file
	  descriptors as prescribed by the input/output redirection list.  In
	  this case, any file descriptor numbers greater than 2 that are
	  opened with this mechanism are closed when invoking another program.

     exit [ n ]	    *
	  Causes the shell to exit with the exit status specified by n.	 If n
	  is omitted the exit status is that of the last command executed.  An
	  end-of-file also causes the shell to exit except for a shell which
	  has the ignoreeof option (see set below) turned on.

     export [ name[=value ] ] ...     **
	  The given names are marked for automatic export to the environment
	  of subsequently-executed commands.

     export -p	   **
	  When -p is specified, export writes to the standard the output names
	  and values of all exported variables, in the following format:

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	       "export %s=%s\n",< name >, < value >

	  The -p option allows portable access to the values that can be saved
	  and later restored using, for instance, a dot script.

	  The shell formats the output, including the proper use of quoting,
	  so that it is suitable for reinput to the shell as commands that
	  achieve the same exporting results.

     fc [ -e ename ] [ -nlr ] [ first [ last ] ]
     fc -e - [ old=new ] [ command ]
     fc -s [ old=new ] [ first ]
	  In the first form, a range of commands from first to last is
	  selected from the last HISTSIZE commands that were typed at the
	  terminal.  The arguments first and last may be specified as a
	  [+]number or as a string.  A string is used to locate the most
	  recent command starting with the given string.  A negative number is
	  used as an offset to the current command number.  If the flag -l, is
	  selected, the commands are listed on standard output.	 Otherwise,
	  the editor program ename is invoked on a file containing these
	  keyboard commands.  If ename is not supplied, the value of the
	  variable FCEDIT (default /usr/bin/ed) is used as the editor.	When
	  editing is complete, the edited command(s) is executed.  If last is
	  not specified it is set to first.  If first is not specified the
	  default is the previous command for editing and -16 for listing.
	  The flag -r reverses the order of the commands and the flag -n
	  suppresses command numbers when listing.  In the second form the
	  command is re-executed after the substitution old=new is performed.
	  In the third form the command is re-executed after the substitution
	  old=new is performed without invoking an editor.

     fg [ job... ]
	  This command is only on systems that support job control.  Each job
	  specified is brought to the foreground.  Otherwise, the current job
	  is brought into the foreground.  See Jobs for a description of the
	  format of job.

     getopts optstring name [ arg ... ]
	  Checks arg for legal options.	 If arg is omitted, the positional
	  parameters are used.	An option argument begins with a + or a -.  An
	  option not beginning with + or - or the argument -- ends the
	  options.  optstring contains the letters that getopts recognizes.
	  If a letter is followed by a :, that option is expected to have an
	  argument.  The options can be separated from the argument by blanks.

	  getopts places the next option letter it finds inside variable name
	  each time it is invoked with a + prepended when arg begins with a +.
	  The index of the next arg is stored in OPTIND.  The option argument,
	  if any, gets stored in OPTARG.  Whenever the shell is invoked,
	  OPTIND is initialized to 1.

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	  A leading : in optstring causes getopts to store the letter of an
	  invalid option in OPTARG, and to set name to ?  for an unknown
	  option and to : when a required option is missing.  Otherwise,
	  getopts prints an error message.  The exit status is nonzero when
	  there are no more options.

     jobs [ -lnp ] [ job ... ]
	  Lists information about each given job; or all active jobs if job is
	  omitted.  The -l flag lists process ids in addition to the normal
	  information.	The -n flag only displays jobs that have stopped or
	  exited since last notified.  The -p flag causes only the process
	  group to be listed.  See Jobs for a description of the format of
	  job.

     kill [ -sig ] job ...
     kill [ -sig ] -1
     kill -s signal_name job ...
     kill -l [ exit_status ]
	  Sends either the TERM (terminate) signal or the specified signal to
	  the specified jobs or processes.  In the second form, the TERM
	  (terminate) or specified signal is sent to all processes owned by
	  the user.  Signals are either given by number or by names (as given
	  in /usr/include/signal.h, stripped of the prefix ``SIG'').  If the
	  signal being sent is TERM (terminate) or HUP (hangup), the job or
	  process is sent a CONT (continue) signal if it is stopped.  The
	  argument job can the process id of a process that is not a member of
	  one of the active jobs.  See Jobs for a description of the format of
	  job.	In the fourth form, kill -l, the signal numbers and names are
	  listed.  If an exit_status operand is given and it is the unsigned
	  decimal integer value of a signal number, the signal_name (the
	  specification-defined symbolic constant name without the ``SIG''
	  prefix) corresponding to that signal is written.

     let arg ...
	  Each arg is a separate arithmetic expression to be evaluated.	 See
	  Arithmetic Evaluation above, for a description of arithmetic
	  expression evaluation.

	  The exit status is 0 if the value of the last expression is nonzero,
	  and 1 otherwise.

     limit [ -h ] resource maximum-use
	  This is the Bourne shell version included for backward
	  compatibility.  Limits the consumption by the current process and
	  each process it creates to not individually exceed maximum-use on
	  the specified resource.  If no maximum-use is given, then the
	  current limit is printed; if no resource is given, then all
	  limitations are given.  If the -h flag is given, the hard limits are
	  used instead of the current limits.  The hard limits impose a
	  ceiling on the values of the current limits.	Only the superuser can
	  raise the hard limits, but a user can lower or raise the current
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	  Resources controllable currently include cputime, the maximum number
	  of cpu-seconds to be used by each process, filesize, the largest
	  single file that can be created, datasize, the maximum growth of the
	  data region via sbrk(2) beyond the end of the program text,
	  stacksize, the maximum size of the automatically-extended stack
	  region, coredumpsize, the size of the largest core dump created,
	  memoryuse, the maximum amount of physical memory a process can have
	  allocated to it at a given time, descriptors, the maximum number of
	  open files, vmemory, the maximum total virtual size of the process,
	  including text, data, heap, shared memory, mapped files, stack, and
	  so on, and threads, the maximum number of pthreads(5) the process
	  may create.

	  The maximum-use can be given as a (floating point or integer) number
	  followed by a scale factor.  For all limits other than cputime,
	  descriptors and threads the default scale is k or kilobytes (1024
	  bytes); a scale factor of m or megabytes can also be used.  For
	  cputime the default scaling is seconds, while m for minutes or h for
	  hours, or a time of the form mm:ss giving minutes and seconds can be
	  used.

	  For both resource names and scale factors, unambiguous prefixes of
	  the names suffice.

     newgrp [ -l ] [ arg ]     *
     newgrp [ - ] [ arg ]     *
	  Equivalent to exec /usr/bin/newgrp arg.  The -l (ell) or the -
	  option change the environment to what would be expected if the user
	  actually logged in again.

     print [ -Rnprsu[n ] ] [ arg ... ]
	  The shell output mechanism.  With no flags or with flag - or -- the
	  arguments are printed on standard output as described by echo(1).
	  In raw mode, -R or -r, the escape conventions of echo are ignored.
	  The -R option prints all subsequent arguments and options other than
	  -n.  The -p option causes the arguments to be written onto the pipe
	  of the process spawned with |& instead of standard output.  The -s
	  option causes the arguments to be written onto the history file
	  instead of standard output.  The -u flag can be used to specify a
	  one digit file descriptor unit number n on which the output is
	  placed.  The default is 1.  If the flag -n is used, no newline is
	  added to the output.

     pwd [ -LP ]
	  This is equivalent to print -r - $PWD if you have not changed PWD.

	  If you specify -L, sh does not resolve symbolic links.  This is the
	  default behavior.

	  If you specify -P, sh resolves all symbolic links.

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	  If you specify both -L and -P, the last option specifies the
	  behavior.

     read [ -prsu[ n ] ] [ name?prompt ] [ name ... ]
	  The shell input mechanism.  One line is read and is broken up into
	  fields using the characters in IFS as separators.  In raw mode, -r,
	  a \ at the end of a line does not signify line continuation.	The
	  first field is assigned to the first name, the second field to the
	  second name, and so on, with leftover fields assigned to the last
	  name.	 The -p option causes the input line to be taken from the
	  input pipe of a process spawned by the shell using |&.  If the -s
	  flag is present, the input is saved as a command in the history
	  file.	 The flag -u can be used to specify a one digit file
	  descriptor unit to read from.	 The file descriptor can be opened
	  with the exec special command.  The default value of n is 0.	If
	  name is omitted REPLY is used as the default name.  The exit status
	  is 0 unless an end-of-file is encountered.  An end-of-file with the
	  -p option causes cleanup for this process so that another can be
	  spawned.  If the first argument contains a ?, the remainder of this
	  word is used as a prompt on standard error when the shell is
	  interactive.	The exit status is 0 unless an end-of-file is
	  encountered.

     readonly [ name[=value] ] ...     **
	  The given names are marked readonly and these names cannot be
	  changed by subsequent assignment.

     readonly -p     **
	  When -p is specified, readonly writes to the standard the output
	  names and values of all read-only variables, in the following
	  format:

	       "readonly %s=%s\n",< name >, < value >

	  The -p option allows portable access to the values that can be saved
	  and later restored using, for instance, a dot script.

	  The shell formats the output, including the proper use of quoting,
	  so that it is suitable for reinput to the shell as commands that
	  achieve the same attribute-setting results.

     return [ n ]     *
	  Causes a shell function to return to the invoking script with the
	  return status specified by n.	 If n is omitted the return status is
	  that of the last command executed.  If return is invoked while not
	  in a function or a .	script, it is the same as an exit.

     set [ -abCefhkmnpstuvx ] [ -o option ] [ -A name ] [ arg ... ]	*
	  The flags for this command have meaning as follows:

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	  -A   Array assignment.  Unset the variable name and assign values
	       sequentially from the list arg.	If +A is used, the variable
	       name is not unset first.

	  -a   All subsequent variables that are defined are automatically
	       exported.

	  -b   Cause the shell to notify the user asynchronously of background
	       job completions.	 When the shell notifies the user a job has
	       been completed, it may remove the job's process ID from the
	       list of those known in the current shell execution environment.
	       Asynchronous notification is not enabled by default.

	  -C   (Upper-case C) Prevent existing files from being overwritten by
	       the shell's > redirection operator.  The >| redirection
	       operator overrides this noclobber option for an individual
	       file.

	  -e   If a command has a nonzero exit status, execute the ERR trap,
	       if set, and exit.  This mode is disabled while reading
	       profiles.

	  -f   Disables filename generation.

	  -h   Each command becomes a tracked alias when first encountered.

	  -k   All variable assignment arguments are placed in the environment
	       for a command, not just those that precede the command name.

	  -m   Background jobs run in a separate process group and a line
	       prints upon completion.	The exit status of background jobs is
	       reported in a completion message.  On systems with job control,
	       this flag is turned on automatically for interactive shells.

	  -n   Read commands and check them for syntax errors, but do not
	       execute them.  Ignored for interactive shells.

	  -o   The following argument can be one of the following option
	       names:

	       allexport    Same as -a.

	       errexit	    Same as -e.

	       bgnice	    All background jobs are run at a lower priority.
			    This is the default mode.

	       emacs	    Puts you in an emacs style in-line editor for
			    command entry.

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	       ignoreeof    The shell does not exit on end-of-file.  The
			    command exit must be used.

	       keyword	    Same as -k.

	       markdirs	    All directory names resulting from filename
			    generation have a trailing / appended.

	       monitor	    Same as -m.

	       noclobber    Same as -C.

	       noexec	    Same as -n.

	       noglob	    Same as -f.

	       nolog	    Do not save function definitions in history file.

	       notify	    Same as -b.

	       nounset	    Same as -u.

	       privileged   Same as -p.

	       verbose	    Same as -v.

	       trackall	    Same as -h.

	       vi	    Puts you in insert mode of a vi style inline
			    editor until you hit escape character 033.	This
			    puts you in move mode.  A return sends the line.

	       viraw	    Each character is processed as it is typed in vi
			    mode.

	       xtrace	    Same as -x.

	       If no option name is supplied the current option settings are
	       printed.

	  -p   Disables processing of the $HOME/.profile file and uses the
	       file /etc/suid_profile instead of the ENV file.	This mode is
	       on whenever the effective uid (gid) is not equal to the real
	       uid (gid).  Turning this off causes the effective uid and gid
	       to be set to the real uid and gid.

	  -s   Sort the positional parameters lexicographically.

	  -t   Exit after reading and executing one command.

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	  -u   Treat unset parameters as an error when substituting.

	  -v   Print shell input lines as they are read.

	  -x   Print commands and their arguments as they are executed.

	  -    Turns off -x and -v flags and stops examining arguments for
	       flags.

	  --   Do not change any of the flags; useful in setting $1 to a value
	       beginning with -.  If no arguments follow this flag the
	       positional parameters are unset.

	  Using + rather than - causes these flags to be turned off.  These
	  flags can also be used upon invocation of the shell.	The current
	  set of flags may be found in $-.  Unless -A is specified, the
	  remaining arguments are positional parameters and are assigned, in
	  order, to $1 $2 ....	If no arguments are given the names and values
	  of all variables are printed on the standard output.

     shift [ n ]     *
	  The positional parameters from $n+1 ...  are renamed $1 ..., default
	  n is 1.  The parameter n can be any arithmetic expression that
	  evaluates to a non-negative number less than or equal to $#.

     times     *
	  Print the accumulated user and system times for the shell and for
	  processes run from the shell.

     trap [ arg ] [ sig ] ...	  *
	  arg is a command to be read and executed when the shell receives
	  signal(s) sig.  (Note that arg is scanned once when the trap is set
	  and once when the trap is taken.)  Each sig can be given as a number
	  or as the name of the signal.	 Trap commands are executed in order
	  of signal number.  Any attempt to set a trap on a signal that was
	  ignored on entry to the current shell is ineffective.	 If arg is
	  omitted or is -, all trap(s) sig are reset to their original values.
	  If arg is the null string this signal is ignored by the shell and by
	  the commands it invokes.  If sig is ERR, arg is executed whenever a
	  command has a nonzero exit status.  sig is DEBUG arg is executed
	  after each command.  If sig is 0 or EXIT and the trap statement is
	  executed inside the body of a function, the command arg is executed
	  after the function completes.	 If sig is 0 or EXIT for a trap set
	  outside any function the command arg is executed on exit from the
	  shell.  The trap command with no arguments prints a list of commands
	  associated with each signal number.

     typeset [ _HLRZfilrtux[n] ] [ name[=value ] ] ...	   **
	  Sets attributes and values for shell variables.  When invoked inside
	  a function, a new instance of the variable name is created.  The
	  parameter value and type are restored when the function completes.
	  The following list of attributes may be specified:

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	  -H   This flag provides UNIX to host-name file mapping on non-UNIX
	       machines.

	  -L   Left justify and remove leading blanks from value.  If n is
	       nonzero it defines the width of the field, otherwise it is
	       determined by the width of the value of first assignment.  When
	       the variable is assigned to, it is filled on the right with
	       blanks or truncated, if necessary, to fit into the field.
	       Leading zeros are removed if the -Z flag is also set.  The -R
	       flag is turned off.

	  -R   Right justify and fill with leading blanks.  If n is nonzero it
	       defines the width of the field, otherwise it is determined by
	       the width of the value of first assignment.  The field is left
	       filled with blanks or truncated from the end if the variable is
	       reassigned.  The L flag is turned off.

	  -Z   Right justify and fill with leading zeros if the first non-
	       blank character is a digit and the -L flag has not been set.
	       If n is nonzero it defines the width of the field, otherwise it
	       is determined by the width of the value of first assignment.

	  -f   The names refer to function names rather than variable names.
	       No assignments can be made and the only other valid flags are
	       -t, -u and -x.  The flag -t turns on execution tracing for this
	       function.  The flag -u causes this function to be marked
	       undefined.  The FPATH variable is searched to find the function
	       definition when the function is referenced.  The flag -x allows
	       the function definition to remain in effect across shell
	       procedures invoked by name.

	  -i   Variable is an integer.	This makes arithmetic faster.  If n is
	       nonzero it defines the output arithmetic base, otherwise the
	       first assignment determines the output base.

	  -l   All upper-case characters converted to lower-case.  The upper-
	       case flag, -u is turned off.

	  -r   The given names are marked readonly and these names cannot be
	       changed by subsequent assignment.

	  -t   Tags the variables.  Tags are user definable and have no
	       special meaning to the shell.

	  -u   All lower-case characters are converted to upper-case
	       characters.  The lower-case flag, -l is turned off.

	  -x   The given names are marked for automatic export to the
	       environment of subsequently-executed commands.

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	  Using + rather than - causes these flags to be turned off.  If no
	  name arguments are given but flags are specified, a list of names
	  (and optionally the values) of the variables which have these flags
	  set is printed.  (Using + rather than - keeps the values from being
	  printed.)  If no names and flags are given, the names and attributes
	  of all variables are printed.

     ulimit [ -[HS][a | cdfnstvmp] ]
     ulimit [ -[HS][c | d | f | n | s | t | v | m | p] ] limit
	  ulimit prints or sets hard or soft resource limits.  These limits
	  are described in getrlimit(2).

	  If limit is not present, ulimit prints the specified limits.	Any
	  number of limits may be printed at one time.	The -a option prints
	  all limits.

	  If limit is present, ulimit sets the specified limit to limit.  The
	  string unlimited requests the largest valid limit.  Limits may be
	  set for only one resource at a time.	Any user may set a soft limit
	  to any value below the hard limit.  Any user may lower a hard limit.
	  Only a privileged user may raise a hard limit; see su(1M).

	  The -H option specifies a hard limit.	 The -S option specifies a
	  soft limit.  If neither option is specified, ulimit sets both limits
	  and prints the soft limit.

	  The following options specify the resource whose limits are to be
	  printed or set.  If no option is specified, the file size limit is
	  printed or set.

	  -c   maximum core file size (in 512-byte blocks)

	  -d   maximum size of data segment or heap (in kbytes)

	  -f   maximum file size (in 512-byte blocks)

	  -n   maximum file descriptor plus 1

	  -s   maximum size of stack segment (in kbytes).  Note that if this
	       is set too high, sproc(2) may fail.

	  -t   maximum CPU time (in seconds)

	  -v   maximum size of virtual memory (in kbytes)

	  -m   maximum size of resident memory (in kbytes)

	  -p   maximum number of pthreads(5) that process may create.

	  If no option is given, -f is assumed.

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     umask [ -S ][ mask ]
	  The user file-creation mask is set to mask [see umask(2)].  mask can
	  either be an octal number or a symbolic value as described in
	  chmod(1).  If a symbolic value is given, the new umask value is the
	  complement of the result of applying mask to the complement of the
	  previous umask value.	 If mask is omitted, the current value of the
	  mask is printed.  If -S is specified, the symbolic output is in the
	  following format:

	       "u=%s,g=%s,o=%s\n", owner, group, other

	  where the three values are permissions combinations of the letters
	  from the set {r,w,x}.

     unalias name ...
     unalias -a
	  The variables given by the list of names are removed from the alias
	  list.	 In the second form, all alias definitions are removed from
	  the current shell execution environment.

     unlimit [ -h ] resource
	  This is the Bourne shell version included for backward
	  compatibility.  Removes the limitation on resource.  If no resource
	  is specified, then all resource limitations are removed.  If -h is
	  given, the corresponding hard limits are removed.  Only the
	  superuser can do this. (See limit above)

     unset [ -fv ] name ...	*
	  The variables given by the list of names are unassigned, i.  e.,
	  their values and attributes are erased.  Read-only variables cannot
	  be unset.  If the flag, -v, is set, the names refer to variable
	  names.  This is the default when no options are specified.  If the
	  flag, -f, is set, the names refer to function names.	Unsetting
	  ERRNO, LINENO, MAILCHECK, OPTARG, OPTIND, RANDOM, SECONDS, TMOUT,
	  and _ causes removes their special meaning even if they are
	  subsequently assigned to.  In some shell invocations, unsetting
	  variables not previously set or null returns a value of 0.  (See the
	  COMPATIBILITY ISSUES section at the end of this document.)

     wait [ job ]     *
	  Wait for the specified job and report its termination status.	 If
	  job is not given all currently active child processes are waited
	  for.	The exit status from this command is that of the process
	  waited for.  See Jobs for a description of the format of job.

     whence [ -pv ] name ...
	  For each name, indicate how it is interpreted if used as a command
	  name.

	  -v   produces a more verbose report.

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	  -p   does a path search for name even if name is an alias, a
	       function, or a reserved word.

   Invocation
     If the shell is invoked by exec(2), and the first character of argument
     zero ($0) is -, the shell is assumed to be a login shell and commands are
     read from /etc/profile and then from either .profile in the current
     directory or $HOME/.profile, if either file exists.  Next, commands are
     read from the filenamed by performing parameter substitution on the value
     of the environment variable ENV if the file exists.  If the -s flag is
     not present and arg is, a path search is performed on the first arg to
     determine the name of the script to execute.  The script arg must have
     read permission and any setuid and setgid settings are ignored.  Commands
     are read as described below; the following flags are interpreted by the
     shell when it is invoked:

     -c string	 If the -c flag is present commands are read from string.

     -s		 If the -s flag is present or if no arguments remain, commands
		 are read from the standard input.  Shell output, except for
		 the output of the Special commands listed above, is written
		 to file descriptor 2.

     -i		 If the -i flag is present or if the shell input and output
		 are attached to a terminal (as told by ioctl(2)) this shell
		 is interactive.  In this case TERM is ignored (so that kill 0
		 does not kill an interactive shell) and INTR is caught and
		 ignored (so that wait is interruptible).  In all cases, QUIT
		 is ignored by the shell.

     -r		 If the -r flag is present the shell is a restricted shell.

     The remaining flags and arguments are described under the set command
     above.

   Restricted sh Only
     The restricted sh is used to set up login names and execution
     environments whose capabilities are more controlled than those of the
     standard shell.  The actions of the restricted sh are identical to those
     of sh, except that the following are disallowed:

	  Changing directory [see cd(1)]
	  Setting the value of SHELL, ENV, or PATH
	  Specifying path or command names containing /
	  Redirecting output (>, >|, <>, and >>)

     The restrictions above are enforced after .profile and the ENV files are
     interpreted.

     When a command to be executed is found to be a shell procedure, the
     restricted sh invokes sh to execute it.  Thus, it is possible to provide
     to the end-user shell procedures that have access to the full power of

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     the standard shell, while imposing a limited menu of commands; this
     scheme assumes that the end-user does not have write and execute
     permissions in the same directory.

     The net effect of these rules is that the writer of the .profile has
     complete control over user actions, by performing guaranteed setup
     actions and leaving the user in an appropriate directory (probably not
     the login directory).

     The system administrator often sets up a directory of commands (that is,
     /usr/rbin) that can be safely invoked by the restricted sh.

     WARNING: Since the restricted sh depends on .profile to set up
     restrictions, and .profile is only interpreted by login shells, allowing
     a restricted sh user to access the system in a manor that does not invoke
     a login shell will allow the user to bypass these restrictions.  An
     example of this type of access is remote shell (See rsh_bsd(1C)).

EXIT STATUS
     Errors detected by the shell, such as syntax errors, cause the shell to
     return a nonzero exit status.  Otherwise, the shell returns the exit
     status of the last command executed (see also the exit command above).
     If the shell is being used non-interactively, execution of the shell file
     is abandoned.  Run time errors detected by the shell are reported by
     printing the command or function name and the error condition.  If the
     line number that the error occurred on is greater than one, the line
     number is also printed in square brackets ([]) after the command or
     function name.

     If a command is not found, the exit status is 127.	 If the command name
     is found, but it is not an executable utility, the exit status is 126.
     Applications that invoke utilities without using the shell should use
     these exit status values to report similar errors.

     If a command fails during word expansion or redirection, its exit status
     is greater than zero.

     Internally, for purposes of deciding if a command exits with a nonzero
     exit status, the shell recognizes the entire status value retrieved for
     the command by the equivalent of the wait() function WEXITSTATUS macro.
     When reporting the exit status with the special parameter ?, the shell
     reports the full eight bits of exit status available.  The exit status of
     a command that terminated because it received a signal is reported as
     greater than 128.

FILES
     /etc/passwd
     /etc/profile
     /etc/suid_profile
     $HOME/.profile
     /tmp/sh*
     /dev/null

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SEE ALSO
     emacs(1), cat(1), cd(1), chmod(1), cut(1), echo(1), env(1), newgrp(1M),
     paste(1), stty(1), test(1), umask(1), vi(1), dup(2), exec(2), fork(2),
     ioctl(2), lseek(2), pipe(2), signal(2), ulimit(2), umask(2), wait(2),
     rand(3C), a.out(4), profile(4), environ(5).

     Morris I. Bolsky and David G. Korn, The KornShell Command and Programming
     Language, Prentice Hall, 1989

NOTES
     If a command that is a tracked alias is executed and then a command with
     the same name is installed in a directory in the search path before the
     directory where the original command was found, the shell continues to
     exec the original command.	 Use the -t option of the alias command to
     correct this situation.

     Some very old shell scripts contain a ^ as a synonym for the pipe
     character |.

     Using the fc builtin command within a compound command causes the whole
     command to disappear from the history file.

     The builtin command . file reads the whole file before any commands are
     executed.	Therefore, alias and unalias commands in the file do not apply
     to any functions defined in the file.

     Traps are not processed while a job is waiting for a foreground process.
     Thus, a trap on CHLD won't be executed until the foreground job
     terminates.

     Prior to IRIX Release 5.0, the rsh command invoked the restricted shell.
     This restricted shell command is /usr/lib/rsh and it can be executed by
     using the full pathname.  Beginning with IRIX Release 5.0, the rsh
     command is the remote shell.  See rsh_bsd(1C).

     Sometimes, particularly when using wildcards, the shell will fail to
     execute a command, and complain with the message
	arg list too long
     This can often be avoided by using multiple commands, the xargs(1)
     command, or by increasing the ncargs kernel parameter with the
     systune(1m) command.

COMPATIBILITY ISSUES
     To retain some backward compatibility to the Bourne shell, certain Korn
     shell features are controlled by how the shell is invoked and/or the
     current value of the environment variable _XPG.

     When the shell is invoked as "sh", the following features are performed
     only when the current value of the _XPG variable is equal to 1 (one):

	  - command substitution of the form "$( command )"
	  - arithmetic expression of the form "$(( expression ))"

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	  - tilde expansion of pathnames
	  - unsetting variables, not previously set or null, returns 0

     When the shell is invoked as "sh" and the current value of the _XPG
     environment variable is not equal to 1 (one), the special positional
     parameter $0, within a function call, is the name of the function.
     Otherwise, it is the name of the invoking shell script.

     When the shell is not invoked as "sh" and the real and effective uid and
     gid differ, the effective uid and gid are set to the real uid and gid.

     With all invocations of the shell, when the current value of the _XPG
     environment variable is equal to 1 (one), the -n option of the builtin
     echo command does not suppress the terminating newline and is treated as
     part of the output string.

     Additional incompatibilities are listed below and can be found in the
     Appendix of the "The Kornshell Command and Programming Language" (Bolsky
     & Korn; Prentice Hall)

     The Korn shell is more restrictive with field comparisons in the builtin
     test command:

	  [ "10240 filename" -ge 10240 ]

     is accepted by the Bourne shell whereas the Korn shell gives a syntax
     error.

     The Korn shell kill builtin command now handles the special process
     number (-1) for all process owned by the user.  (See the Special Commands
     section.)

     The false command is a builtin for the Korn shell and cannot be defined
     as a function.

     The chdir is a builtin alias to the cd command. When shell is invoked as
     "ksh", this alias is removed allowing chdir to be defined as a function.
     When shell is invoked as "sh", this can also be accomplished by
     unaliasing chdir and then defining it as a function.

     Some Korn shell internal variables are typeset as integers and setting
     them to non-numeric values will cause "bad number" error messages. They
     include ERRNO, LINENO, MAILCHECK, OPTIND, PPID, RANDOM, SECONDS and
     TMOUT.

     The Korn shell evaluates variable assignment lists before I/O redirection
     unlike the Bourne shell in which order does not matter.

     The Bourne shell (bsh) has been modified to allow fullpath calls of
     Bourne shell builtins using the builtin name POSIX links to
     /sbin/builtin_exec.

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INTERNATIONALIZATION
     The shell accepts multibyte input for command line args, file names,
     environment variable names and values, variable arrays, function names,
     history files and shell scripts. Multibyte sequences accepted for the
     isphonogram() and isideogram() subroutines are also allowed.

     Note: The emacs line editing feature is currently supported only with the
     default C/POSIX locale.

     Note: Changing the LANG value during a shell session can produce
     undefined results when accessing e.g. variables created under a different
     locale.

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