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printf



printf

 

formats

 [

strings

]

Print strings using the specified formats . formats can be ordinary text characters, C-language escape characters, or more commonly, a set of conversion arguments listed below.

Arguments

%s

Print the next string .

% n $s

Print the n th string .

%[-] m [. n ]s

Print the next string , using a field that is m characters wide. Optionally limit the field to print only the first n characters of string . Strings are right-adjusted unless the left-adjustment flag - is specified.

Examples



printf '%s %s\n' "My files are in" $HOME




printf '%-25.15s %s\n' "My files are in" $HOME


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