PRINTF linux command manual

PRINTF(1)                  User Commands                       PRINTF(1)

       printf - format and print data

       printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]...
       printf OPTION

       NOTE:  your  shell  may  have  its  own  version  of printf which will
       supercede the version described here. Please  refer  to  your  shell's
       documentation for details about the options it supports.

       Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT.

       --help display this help and exit

              output version information and exit

       FORMAT controls the output as in C printf.  Interpreted sequences are:

       \"     double quote

       \NNN   character with octal value NNN (1 to 3 digits)

       \\     backslash

       \a     alert (BEL)

       \b     backspace

       \c     produce no further output

       \f     form feed

       \n     new line

       \r     carriage return

       \t     horizontal tab

       \v     vertical tab

       \xNN   byte with hexadecimal value NN (1 to 2 digits)

       \uNNNN character with hexadecimal value NNNN (4 digits)

              character with hexadecimal value NNNNNNNN (8 digits)

       %%     a single %

       %b     ARGUMENT as a string with '\' escapes interpreted,

              except that octal escapes are of the form \0 or \0NNN

       and all C format specifications ending with one of diouxXfeEgGcs, with
       ARGUMENTs  converted  to  proper type first.  Variable widths are han-

       Written by David MacKenzie.

       Report bugs to .

       Copyright (C) 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying  conditions.   There
       is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICU-

       The full documentation for printf is maintained as a  Texinfo  manual.
       If  the  info and printf programs are properly installed at your site,
       the command

              info coreutils printf

       should give you access to the complete manual.

printf 5.2.1                       May 2004                         PRINTF(1)