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Null command. Returns an exit status of 0. Sometimes used as the first character in a file to denote a Bourne shell script. See example below and under case . In the Korn shell, shell variables can be placed after the : to expand them to their values.

Example

Check whether someone is logged in:

if who | grep $1 > /dev/null
then :	# do nothing 
	# if pattern is found
else echo "User $1 is not logged in"
fi


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