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DASH(1)                  BSD General Commands Manual                 DASH(1)

NAME         top

     dash — command interpreter (shell)

SYNOPSIS         top

     dash [-aCefnuvxIimqVEb] [+aCefnuvxIimqVEb] [-o option_name]
          [+o option_name] [command_file [argument ...]]
     dash -c [-aCefnuvxIimqVEb] [+aCefnuvxIimqVEb] [-o option_name]
          [+o option_name] command_string [command_name [argument ...]]
     dash -s [-aCefnuvxIimqVEb] [+aCefnuvxIimqVEb] [-o option_name]
          [+o option_name] [argument ...]

DESCRIPTION         top

     dash is the standard command interpreter for the system.  The current
     version of dash is in the process of being changed to conform with the
     POSIX 1003.2 and 1003.2a specifications for the shell.  This version
     has many features which make it appear similar in some respects to the
     Korn shell, but it is not a Korn shell clone (see ksh(1)).  Only fea‐
     tures designated by POSIX, plus a few Berkeley extensions, are being
     incorporated into this shell.  This man page is not intended to be a
     tutorial or a complete specification of the shell.

   Overview
     The shell is a command that reads lines from either a file or the ter‐
     minal, interprets them, and generally executes other commands.  It is
     the program that is running when a user logs into the system (although
     a user can select a different shell with the chsh(1) command).  The
     shell implements a language that has flow control constructs, a macro
     facility that provides a variety of features in addition to data stor‐
     age, along with built in history and line editing capabilities.  It
     incorporates many features to aid interactive use and has the advantage
     that the interpretative language is common to both interactive and non-
     interactive use (shell scripts).  That is, commands can be typed
     directly to the running shell or can be put into a file and the file
     can be executed directly by the shell.

   Invocation
     If no args are present and if the standard input of the shell is con‐
     nected to a terminal (or if the -i flag is set), and the -c option is
     not present, the shell is considered an interactive shell.  An interac‐
     tive shell generally prompts before each command and handles program‐
     ming and command errors differently (as described below).  When first
     starting, the shell inspects argument 0, and if it begins with a dash
     ‘-’, the shell is also considered a login shell.  This is normally done
     automatically by the system when the user first logs in.  A login shell
     first reads commands from the files /etc/profile and .profile if they
     exist.  If the environment variable ENV is set on entry to an interac‐
     tive shell, or is set in the .profile of a login shell, the shell next
     reads commands from the file named in ENV.  Therefore, a user should
     place commands that are to be executed only at login time in the
     .profile file, and commands that are executed for every interactive
     shell inside the ENV file.  To set the ENV variable to some file, place
     the following line in your .profile of your home directory

           ENV=$HOME/.shinit; export ENV

     substituting for “.shinit” any filename you wish.

     If command line arguments besides the options have been specified, then
     the shell treats the first argument as the name of a file from which to
     read commands (a shell script), and the remaining arguments are set as
     the positional parameters of the shell ($1, $2, etc).  Otherwise, the
     shell reads commands from its standard input.

   Argument List Processing
     All of the single letter options that have a corresponding name can be
     used as an argument to the -o option.  The set -o name is provided next
     to the single letter option in the description below.  Specifying a
     dash “-” turns the option on, while using a plus “+” disables the
     option.  The following options can be set from the command line or with
     the set builtin (described later).

           -a allexport     Export all variables assigned to.

           -c               Read commands from the command_string operand
                            instead of from the standard input.  Special
                            parameter 0 will be set from the command_name
                            operand and the positional parameters ($1, $2,
                            etc.)  set from the remaining argument operands.

           -C noclobber     Don't overwrite existing files with “>”.

           -e errexit       If not interactive, exit immediately if any
                            untested command fails.  The exit status of a
                            command is considered to be explicitly tested if
                            the command is used to control an if, elif,
                            while, or until; or if the command is the left
                            hand operand of an “&&” or “||” operator.

           -f noglob        Disable pathname expansion.

           -n noexec        If not interactive, read commands but do not
                            execute them.  This is useful for checking the
                            syntax of shell scripts.

           -u nounset       Write a message to standard error when attempt‐
                            ing to expand a variable that is not set, and if
                            the shell is not interactive, exit immediately.

           -v verbose       The shell writes its input to standard error as
                            it is read.  Useful for debugging.

           -x xtrace        Write each command to standard error (preceded
                            by a ‘+ ’) before it is executed.  Useful for
                            debugging.

           -I ignoreeof     Ignore EOF's from input when interactive.

           -i interactive   Force the shell to behave interactively.

           -l               Make dash act as if it had been invoked as a
                            login shell.

           -m monitor       Turn on job control (set automatically when
                            interactive).

           -s stdin         Read commands from standard input (set automati‐
                            cally if no file arguments are present).  This
                            option has no effect when set after the shell
                            has already started running (i.e. with set).

           -V vi            Enable the built-in vi(1) command line editor
                            (disables -E if it has been set).

           -E emacs         Enable the built-in emacs(1) command line editor
                            (disables -V if it has been set).

           -b notify        Enable asynchronous notification of background
                            job completion.  (UNIMPLEMENTED for 4.4alpha)

   Lexical Structure
     The shell reads input in terms of lines from a file and breaks it up
     into words at whitespace (blanks and tabs), and at certain sequences of
     characters that are special to the shell called “operators”.  There are
     two types of operators: control operators and redirection operators
     (their meaning is discussed later).  Following is a list of operators:

           Control operators:
                 & && ( ) ; ;; | || <newline>

           Redirection operators:
                 < > >| << >> <& >& <<- <>

   Quoting
     Quoting is used to remove the special meaning of certain characters or
     words to the shell, such as operators, whitespace, or keywords.  There
     are three types of quoting: matched single quotes, matched double
     quotes, and backslash.

   Backslash
     A backslash preserves the literal meaning of the following character,
     with the exception of ⟨newline⟩.  A backslash preceding a ⟨newline⟩ is
     treated as a line continuation.

   Single Quotes
     Enclosing characters in single quotes preserves the literal meaning of
     all the characters (except single quotes, making it impossible to put
     single-quotes in a single-quoted string).

   Double Quotes
     Enclosing characters within double quotes preserves the literal meaning
     of all characters except dollarsign ($), backquote (`), and backslash
     (\).  The backslash inside double quotes is historically weird, and
     serves to quote only the following characters:
           $ ` " \ <newline>.
     Otherwise it remains literal.

   Reserved Words
     Reserved words are words that have special meaning to the shell and are
     recognized at the beginning of a line and after a control operator.
     The following are reserved words:

           !       elif    fi      while   case
           else    for     then    {       }
           do      done    until   if      esac

     Their meaning is discussed later.

   Aliases
     An alias is a name and corresponding value set using the alias(1)
     builtin command.  Whenever a reserved word may occur (see above), and
     after checking for reserved words, the shell checks the word to see if
     it matches an alias.  If it does, it replaces it in the input stream
     with its value.  For example, if there is an alias called “lf” with the
     value “ls -F”, then the input:

           lf foobar ⟨return⟩

     would become

           ls -F foobar ⟨return⟩

     Aliases provide a convenient way for naive users to create shorthands
     for commands without having to learn how to create functions with argu‐
     ments.  They can also be used to create lexically obscure code.  This
     use is discouraged.

   Commands
     The shell interprets the words it reads according to a language, the
     specification of which is outside the scope of this man page (refer to
     the BNF in the POSIX 1003.2 document).  Essentially though, a line is
     read and if the first word of the line (or after a control operator) is
     not a reserved word, then the shell has recognized a simple command.
     Otherwise, a complex command or some other special construct may have
     been recognized.

   Simple Commands
     If a simple command has been recognized, the shell performs the follow‐
     ing actions:

           1.   Leading words of the form “name=value” are stripped off and
                assigned to the environment of the simple command.  Redi‐
                rection operators and their arguments (as described below)
                are stripped off and saved for processing.

           2.   The remaining words are expanded as described in the section
                called “Expansions”, and the first remaining word is consid‐
                ered the command name and the command is located.  The
                remaining words are considered the arguments of the command.
                If no command name resulted, then the “name=value” variable
                assignments recognized in item 1 affect the current shell.

           3.   Redirections are performed as described in the next section.

   Redirections
     Redirections are used to change where a command reads its input or
     sends its output.  In general, redirections open, close, or duplicate
     an existing reference to a file.  The overall format used for redirect‐
     ion is:

           [n] redir-op file

     where redir-op is one of the redirection operators mentioned previ‐
     ously.  Following is a list of the possible redirections.  The [n] is
     an optional number between 0 and 9, as in ‘3’ (not ‘[3]’), that refers
     to a file descriptor.

           [n]> file   Redirect standard output (or n) to file.

           [n]>| file  Same, but override the -C option.

           [n]>> file  Append standard output (or n) to file.

           [n]< file   Redirect standard input (or n) from file.

           [n1]<&n2    Copy file descriptor n2 as stdout (or fd n1).  fd n2.

           [n]<&-      Close standard input (or n).

           [n1]>&n2    Copy file descriptor n2 as stdin (or fd n1).  fd n2.

           [n]>&-      Close standard output (or n).

           [n]<> file  Open file for reading and writing on standard input
                       (or n).

     The following redirection is often called a “here-document”.

           [n]<< delimiter
                 here-doc-text ...
           delimiter

     All the text on successive lines up to the delimiter is saved away and
     made available to the command on standard input, or file descriptor n
     if it is specified.  If the delimiter as specified on the initial line
     is quoted, then the here-doc-text is treated literally, otherwise the
     text is subjected to parameter expansion, command substitution, and
     arithmetic expansion (as described in the section on “Expansions”).  If
     the operator is “<<-” instead of “<<”, then leading tabs in the here-
     doc-text are stripped.

   Search and Execution
     There are three types of commands: shell functions, builtin commands,
     and normal programs -- and the command is searched for (by name) in
     that order.  They each are executed in a different way.

     When a shell function is executed, all of the shell positional parame‐
     ters (except $0, which remains unchanged) are set to the arguments of
     the shell function.  The variables which are explicitly placed in the
     environment of the command (by placing assignments to them before the
     function name) are made local to the function and are set to the values
     given.  Then the command given in the function definition is executed.
     The positional parameters are restored to their original values when
     the command completes.  This all occurs within the current shell.

     Shell builtins are executed internally to the shell, without spawning a
     new process.

     Otherwise, if the command name doesn't match a function or builtin, the
     command is searched for as a normal program in the file system (as
     described in the next section).  When a normal program is executed, the
     shell runs the program, passing the arguments and the environment to
     the program.  If the program is not a normal executable file (i.e., if
     it does not begin with the "magic number" whose ASCII representation is
     "#!", so execve(2) returns ENOEXEC then) the shell will interpret the
     program in a subshell.  The child shell will reinitialize itself in
     this case, so that the effect will be as if a new shell had been
     invoked to handle the ad-hoc shell script, except that the location of
     hashed commands located in the parent shell will be remembered by the
     child.

     Note that previous versions of this document and the source code itself
     misleadingly and sporadically refer to a shell script without a magic
     number as a "shell procedure".

   Path Search
     When locating a command, the shell first looks to see if it has a shell
     function by that name.  Then it looks for a builtin command by that
     name.  If a builtin command is not found, one of two things happen:

     1.   Command names containing a slash are simply executed without per‐
          forming any searches.

     2.   The shell searches each entry in PATH in turn for the command.
          The value of the PATH variable should be a series of entries sepa‐
          rated by colons.  Each entry consists of a directory name.  The
          current directory may be indicated implicitly by an empty direc‐
          tory name, or explicitly by a single period.

   Command Exit Status
     Each command has an exit status that can influence the behaviour of
     other shell commands.  The paradigm is that a command exits with zero
     for normal or success, and non-zero for failure, error, or a false
     indication.  The man page for each command should indicate the various
     exit codes and what they mean.  Additionally, the builtin commands
     return exit codes, as does an executed shell function.

     If a command consists entirely of variable assignments then the exit
     status of the command is that of the last command substitution if any,
     otherwise 0.

   Complex Commands
     Complex commands are combinations of simple commands with control oper‐
     ators or reserved words, together creating a larger complex command.
     More generally, a command is one of the following:

     ·   simple command

     ·   pipeline

     ·   list or compound-list

     ·   compound command

     ·   function definition

     Unless otherwise stated, the exit status of a command is that of the
     last simple command executed by the command.

   Pipelines
     A pipeline is a sequence of one or more commands separated by the con‐
     trol operator |.  The standard output of all but the last command is
     connected to the standard input of the next command.  The standard out‐
     put of the last command is inherited from the shell, as usual.

     The format for a pipeline is:

           [!] command1 [| command2 ...]

     The standard output of command1 is connected to the standard input of
     command2.  The standard input, standard output, or both of a command is
     considered to be assigned by the pipeline before any redirection speci‐
     fied by redirection operators that are part of the command.

     If the pipeline is not in the background (discussed later), the shell
     waits for all commands to complete.

     If the reserved word ! does not precede the pipeline, the exit status
     is the exit status of the last command specified in the pipeline.  Oth‐
     erwise, the exit status is the logical NOT of the exit status of the
     last command.  That is, if the last command returns zero, the exit sta‐
     tus is 1; if the last command returns greater than zero, the exit sta‐
     tus is zero.

     Because pipeline assignment of standard input or standard output or
     both takes place before redirection, it can be modified by redirection.
     For example:

           $ command1 2>&1 | command2

     sends both the standard output and standard error of command1 to the
     standard input of command2.

     A ; or ⟨newline⟩ terminator causes the preceding AND-OR-list (described
     next) to be executed sequentially; a & causes asynchronous execution of
     the preceding AND-OR-list.

     Note that unlike some other shells, each process in the pipeline is a
     child of the invoking shell (unless it is a shell builtin, in which
     case it executes in the current shell -- but any effect it has on the
     environment is wiped).

   Background Commands -- &
     If a command is terminated by the control operator ampersand (&), the
     shell executes the command asynchronously -- that is, the shell does
     not wait for the command to finish before executing the next command.

     The format for running a command in background is:

           command1 & [command2 & ...]

     If the shell is not interactive, the standard input of an asynchronous
     command is set to /dev/null.

   Lists -- Generally Speaking
     A list is a sequence of zero or more commands separated by newlines,
     semicolons, or ampersands, and optionally terminated by one of these
     three characters.  The commands in a list are executed in the order
     they are written.  If command is followed by an ampersand, the shell
     starts the command and immediately proceeds onto the next command; oth‐
     erwise it waits for the command to terminate before proceeding to the
     next one.

   Short-Circuit List Operators
     “&&” and “||” are AND-OR list operators.  “&&” executes the first com‐
     mand, and then executes the second command iff the exit status of the
     first command is zero.  “||” is similar, but executes the second com‐
     mand iff the exit status of the first command is nonzero.  “&&” and
     “||” both have the same priority.

   Flow-Control Constructs -- if, while, for, case
     The syntax of the if command is

           if list
           then list
           [ elif list
           then    list ] ...
           [ else list ]
           fi

     The syntax of the while command is

           while list
           do   list
           done

     The two lists are executed repeatedly while the exit status of the
     first list is zero.  The until command is similar, but has the word
     until in place of while, which causes it to repeat until the exit sta‐
     tus of the first list is zero.

     The syntax of the for command is

           for variable [ in [ word ... ] ]
           do   list
           done

     The words following in are expanded, and then the list is executed
     repeatedly with the variable set to each word in turn.  Omitting in
     word ... is equivalent to in "$@".

     The syntax of the break and continue command is

           break [ num ]
           continue [ num ]

     Break terminates the num innermost for or while loops.  Continue con‐
     tinues with the next iteration of the innermost loop.  These are imple‐
     mented as builtin commands.

     The syntax of the case command is

           case word in
           [(]pattern) list ;;
           ...
           esac

     The pattern can actually be one or more patterns (see Shell Patterns
     described later), separated by “|” characters.  The “(” character
     before the pattern is optional.

   Grouping Commands Together
     Commands may be grouped by writing either

           (list)

     or

           { list; }

     The first of these executes the commands in a subshell.  Builtin com‐
     mands grouped into a (list) will not affect the current shell.  The
     second form does not fork another shell so is slightly more efficient.
     Grouping commands together this way allows you to redirect their output
     as though they were one program:

           { printf " hello " ; printf " world\n" ; } > greeting

     Note that “}” must follow a control operator (here, “;”) so that it is
     recognized as a reserved word and not as another command argument.

   Functions
     The syntax of a function definition is

           name () command

     A function definition is an executable statement; when executed it
     installs a function named name and returns an exit status of zero.  The
     command is normally a list enclosed between “{” and “}”.

     Variables may be declared to be local to a function by using a local
     command.  This should appear as the first statement of a function, and
     the syntax is

           local [variable | -] ...

     Local is implemented as a builtin command.

     When a variable is made local, it inherits the initial value and
     exported and readonly flags from the variable with the same name in the
     surrounding scope, if there is one.  Otherwise, the variable is ini‐
     tially unset.  The shell uses dynamic scoping, so that if you make the
     variable x local to function f, which then calls function g, references
     to the variable x made inside g will refer to the variable x declared
     inside f, not to the global variable named x.

     The only special parameter that can be made local is “-”.  Making “-”
     local any shell options that are changed via the set command inside the
     function to be restored to their original values when the function
     returns.

     The syntax of the return command is

           return [exitstatus]

     It terminates the currently executing function.  Return is implemented
     as a builtin command.

   Variables and Parameters
     The shell maintains a set of parameters.  A parameter denoted by a name
     is called a variable.  When starting up, the shell turns all the envi‐
     ronment variables into shell variables.  New variables can be set using
     the form

           name=value

     Variables set by the user must have a name consisting solely of alpha‐
     betics, numerics, and underscores - the first of which must not be
     numeric.  A parameter can also be denoted by a number or a special
     character as explained below.

   Positional Parameters
     A positional parameter is a parameter denoted by a number (n > 0).  The
     shell sets these initially to the values of its command line arguments
     that follow the name of the shell script.  The set builtin can also be
     used to set or reset them.

   Special Parameters
     A special parameter is a parameter denoted by one of the following spe‐
     cial characters.  The value of the parameter is listed next to its
     character.

     *            Expands to the positional parameters, starting from one.
                  When the expansion occurs within a double-quoted string it
                  expands to a single field with the value of each parameter
                  separated by the first character of the IFS variable, or
                  by a ⟨space⟩ if IFS is unset.

     @            Expands to the positional parameters, starting from one.
                  When the expansion occurs within double-quotes, each posi‐
                  tional parameter expands as a separate argument.  If there
                  are no positional parameters, the expansion of @ generates
                  zero arguments, even when @ is double-quoted.  What this
                  basically means, for example, is if $1 is “abc” and $2 is
                  “def ghi”, then "$@" expands to the two arguments:

                        "abc" "def ghi"

     #            Expands to the number of positional parameters.

     ?            Expands to the exit status of the most recent pipeline.

     - (Hyphen.)  Expands to the current option flags (the single-letter
                  option names concatenated into a string) as specified on
                  invocation, by the set builtin command, or implicitly by
                  the shell.

     $            Expands to the process ID of the invoked shell.  A sub‐
                  shell retains the same value of $ as its parent.

     !            Expands to the process ID of the most recent background
                  command executed from the current shell.  For a pipeline,
                  the process ID is that of the last command in the pipe‐
                  line.

     0 (Zero.)    Expands to the name of the shell or shell script.

   Word Expansions
     This clause describes the various expansions that are performed on
     words.  Not all expansions are performed on every word, as explained
     later.

     Tilde expansions, parameter expansions, command substitutions, arith‐
     metic expansions, and quote removals that occur within a single word
     expand to a single field.  It is only field splitting or pathname
     expansion that can create multiple fields from a single word.  The sin‐
     gle exception to this rule is the expansion of the special parameter @
     within double-quotes, as was described above.

     The order of word expansion is:

     1.   Tilde Expansion, Parameter Expansion, Command Substitution, Arith‐
          metic Expansion (these all occur at the same time).

     2.   Field Splitting is performed on fields generated by step (1)
          unless the IFS variable is null.

     3.   Pathname Expansion (unless set -f is in effect).

     4.   Quote Removal.

     The $ character is used to introduce parameter expansion, command sub‐
     stitution, or arithmetic evaluation.

   Tilde Expansion (substituting a user's home directory)
     A word beginning with an unquoted tilde character (~) is subjected to
     tilde expansion.  All the characters up to a slash (/) or the end of
     the word are treated as a username and are replaced with the user's
     home directory.  If the username is missing (as in ~/foobar), the tilde
     is replaced with the value of the HOME variable (the current user's
     home directory).

   Parameter Expansion
     The format for parameter expansion is as follows:

           ${expression}

     where expression consists of all characters until the matching “}”.
     Any “}” escaped by a backslash or within a quoted string, and charac‐
     ters in embedded arithmetic expansions, command substitutions, and
     variable expansions, are not examined in determining the matching “}”.

     The simplest form for parameter expansion is:

           ${parameter}

     The value, if any, of parameter is substituted.

     The parameter name or symbol can be enclosed in braces, which are
     optional except for positional parameters with more than one digit or
     when parameter is followed by a character that could be interpreted as
     part of the name.  If a parameter expansion occurs inside double-
     quotes:

     1.   Pathname expansion is not performed on the results of the expan‐
          sion.

     2.   Field splitting is not performed on the results of the expansion,
          with the exception of @.

     In addition, a parameter expansion can be modified by using one of the
     following formats.

     ${parameter:-word}    Use Default Values.  If parameter is unset or
                           null, the expansion of word is substituted; oth‐
                           erwise, the value of parameter is substituted.

     ${parameter:=word}    Assign Default Values.  If parameter is unset or
                           null, the expansion of word is assigned to param‐
                           eter.  In all cases, the final value of parameter
                           is substituted.  Only variables, not positional
                           parameters or special parameters, can be assigned
                           in this way.

     ${parameter:?[word]}  Indicate Error if Null or Unset.  If parameter is
                           unset or null, the expansion of word (or a mes‐
                           sage indicating it is unset if word is omitted)
                           is written to standard error and the shell exits
                           with a nonzero exit status.  Otherwise, the value
                           of parameter is substituted.  An interactive
                           shell need not exit.

     ${parameter:+word}    Use Alternative Value.  If parameter is unset or
                           null, null is substituted; otherwise, the expan‐
                           sion of word is substituted.

     In the parameter expansions shown previously, use of the colon in the
     format results in a test for a parameter that is unset or null; omis‐
     sion of the colon results in a test for a parameter that is only unset.

     ${#parameter}         String Length.  The length in characters of the
                           value of parameter.

     The following four varieties of parameter expansion provide for sub‐
     string processing.  In each case, pattern matching notation (see Shell
     Patterns), rather than regular expression notation, is used to evaluate
     the patterns.  If parameter is * or @, the result of the expansion is
     unspecified.  Enclosing the full parameter expansion string in double-
     quotes does not cause the following four varieties of pattern charac‐
     ters to be quoted, whereas quoting characters within the braces has
     this effect.

     ${parameter%word}     Remove Smallest Suffix Pattern.  The word is
                           expanded to produce a pattern.  The parameter
                           expansion then results in parameter, with the
                           smallest portion of the suffix matched by the
                           pattern deleted.

     ${parameter%%word}    Remove Largest Suffix Pattern.  The word is
                           expanded to produce a pattern.  The parameter
                           expansion then results in parameter, with the
                           largest portion of the suffix matched by the pat‐
                           tern deleted.

     ${parameter#word}     Remove Smallest Prefix Pattern.  The word is
                           expanded to produce a pattern.  The parameter
                           expansion then results in parameter, with the
                           smallest portion of the prefix matched by the
                           pattern deleted.

     ${parameter##word}    Remove Largest Prefix Pattern.  The word is
                           expanded to produce a pattern.  The parameter
                           expansion then results in parameter, with the
                           largest portion of the prefix matched by the pat‐
                           tern deleted.

   Command Substitution
     Command substitution allows the output of a command to be substituted
     in place of the command name itself.  Command substitution occurs when
     the command is enclosed as follows:

           $(command)

     or (“backquoted” version):

           `command`

     The shell expands the command substitution by executing command in a
     subshell environment and replacing the command substitution with the
     standard output of the command, removing sequences of one or more
     ⟨newline⟩s at the end of the substitution.  (Embedded ⟨newline⟩s before
     the end of the output are not removed; however, during field splitting,
     they may be translated into ⟨space⟩s, depending on the value of IFS and
     quoting that is in effect.)

   Arithmetic Expansion
     Arithmetic expansion provides a mechanism for evaluating an arithmetic
     expression and substituting its value.  The format for arithmetic
     expansion is as follows:

           $((expression))

     The expression is treated as if it were in double-quotes, except that a
     double-quote inside the expression is not treated specially.  The shell
     expands all tokens in the expression for parameter expansion, command
     substitution, and quote removal.

     Next, the shell treats this as an arithmetic expression and substitutes
     the value of the expression.

   White Space Splitting (Field Splitting)
     After parameter expansion, command substitution, and arithmetic expan‐
     sion the shell scans the results of expansions and substitutions that
     did not occur in double-quotes for field splitting and multiple fields
     can result.

     The shell treats each character of the IFS as a delimiter and uses the
     delimiters to split the results of parameter expansion and command sub‐
     stitution into fields.

   Pathname Expansion (File Name Generation)
     Unless the -f flag is set, file name generation is performed after word
     splitting is complete.  Each word is viewed as a series of patterns,
     separated by slashes.  The process of expansion replaces the word with
     the names of all existing files whose names can be formed by replacing
     each pattern with a string that matches the specified pattern.  There
     are two restrictions on this: first, a pattern cannot match a string
     containing a slash, and second, a pattern cannot match a string start‐
     ing with a period unless the first character of the pattern is a
     period.  The next section describes the patterns used for both Pathname
     Expansion and the case command.

   Shell Patterns
     A pattern consists of normal characters, which match themselves, and
     meta-characters.  The meta-characters are “!”, “*”, “?”, and “[”.
     These characters lose their special meanings if they are quoted.  When
     command or variable substitution is performed and the dollar sign or
     back quotes are not double quoted, the value of the variable or the
     output of the command is scanned for these characters and they are
     turned into meta-characters.

     An asterisk (“*”) matches any string of characters.  A question mark
     matches any single character.  A left bracket (“[”) introduces a char‐
     acter class.  The end of the character class is indicated by a (“]”);
     if the “]” is missing then the “[” matches a “[” rather than introduc‐
     ing a character class.  A character class matches any of the characters
     between the square brackets.  A range of characters may be specified
     using a minus sign.  The character class may be complemented by making
     an exclamation point the first character of the character class.

     To include a “]” in a character class, make it the first character
     listed (after the “!”, if any).  To include a minus sign, make it the
     first or last character listed.

   Builtins
     This section lists the builtin commands which are builtin because they
     need to perform some operation that can't be performed by a separate
     process.  In addition to these, there are several other commands that
     may be builtin for efficiency (e.g.  printf(1), echo(1), test(1), etc).

     :

     true   A null command that returns a 0 (true) exit value.

     . file
            The commands in the specified file are read and executed by the
            shell.

     alias [name[=string ...]]
            If name=string is specified, the shell defines the alias name
            with value string.  If just name is specified, the value of the
            alias name is printed.  With no arguments, the alias builtin
            prints the names and values of all defined aliases (see
            unalias).

     bg [job] ...
            Continue the specified jobs (or the current job if no jobs are
            given) in the background.

     command [-p] [-v] [-V] command [arg ...]
            Execute the specified command but ignore shell functions when
            searching for it.  (This is useful when you have a shell func‐
            tion with the same name as a builtin command.)

            -p     search for command using a PATH that guarantees to find
                   all the standard utilities.

            -V     Do not execute the command but search for the command and
                   print the resolution of the command search.  This is the
                   same as the type builtin.

            -v     Do not execute the command but search for the command and
                   print the absolute pathname of utilities, the name for
                   builtins or the expansion of aliases.

     cd -

     cd [-LP] [directory]
            Switch to the specified directory (default HOME).  If an entry
            for CDPATH appears in the environment of the cd command or the
            shell variable CDPATH is set and the directory name does not
            begin with a slash, then the directories listed in CDPATH will
            be searched for the specified directory.  The format of CDPATH
            is the same as that of PATH.  If a single dash is specified as
            the argument, it will be replaced by the value of OLDPWD.  The
            cd command will print out the name of the directory that it
            actually switched to if this is different from the name that the
            user gave.  These may be different either because the CDPATH
            mechanism was used or because the argument is a single dash.
            The -P option causes the physical directory structure to be
            used, that is, all symbolic links are resolved to their respec‐
            tive values.  The -L option turns off the effect of any preced‐
            ing -P options.

     echo [-n] args...
            Print the arguments on the standard output, separated by spaces.
            Unless the -n option is present, a newline is output following
            the arguments.

            If any of the following sequences of characters is encountered
            during output, the sequence is not output.  Instead, the speci‐
            fied action is performed:

            \b      A backspace character is output.

            \c      Subsequent output is suppressed.  This is normally used
                    at the end of the last argument to suppress the trailing
                    newline that echo would otherwise output.

            \f      Output a form feed.

            \n      Output a newline character.

            \r      Output a carriage return.

            \t      Output a (horizontal) tab character.

            \v      Output a vertical tab.

            \0digits
                    Output the character whose value is given by zero to
                    three octal digits.  If there are zero digits, a nul
                    character is output.

            \\      Output a backslash.

            All other backslash sequences elicit undefined behaviour.

     eval string ...
            Concatenate all the arguments with spaces.  Then re-parse and
            execute the command.

     exec [command arg ...]
            Unless command is omitted, the shell process is replaced with
            the specified program (which must be a real program, not a shell
            builtin or function).  Any redirections on the exec command are
            marked as permanent, so that they are not undone when the exec
            command finishes.

     exit [exitstatus]
            Terminate the shell process.  If exitstatus is given it is used
            as the exit status of the shell; otherwise the exit status of
            the preceding command is used.

     export name ...

     export -p
            The specified names are exported so that they will appear in the
            environment of subsequent commands.  The only way to un-export a
            variable is to unset it.  The shell allows the value of a vari‐
            able to be set at the same time it is exported by writing

                  export name=value

            With no arguments the export command lists the names of all
            exported variables.  With the -p option specified the output
            will be formatted suitably for non-interactive use.

     fc [-e editor] [first [last]]

     fc -l [-nr] [first [last]]

     fc -s [old=new] [first]
            The fc builtin lists, or edits and re-executes, commands previ‐
            ously entered to an interactive shell.

            -e editor
                   Use the editor named by editor to edit the commands.  The
                   editor string is a command name, subject to search via
                   the PATH variable.  The value in the FCEDIT variable is
                   used as a default when -e is not specified.  If FCEDIT is
                   null or unset, the value of the EDITOR variable is used.
                   If EDITOR is null or unset, ed(1) is used as the editor.

            -l (ell)
                   List the commands rather than invoking an editor on them.
                   The commands are written in the sequence indicated by the
                   first and last operands, as affected by -r, with each
                   command preceded by the command number.

            -n     Suppress command numbers when listing with -l.

            -r     Reverse the order of the commands listed (with -l) or
                   edited (with neither -l nor -s).

            -s     Re-execute the command without invoking an editor.

            first

            last   Select the commands to list or edit.  The number of pre‐
                   vious commands that can be accessed are determined by the
                   value of the HISTSIZE variable.  The value of first or
                   last or both are one of the following:

                   [+]number
                          A positive number representing a command number;
                          command numbers can be displayed with the -l
                          option.

                   -number
                          A negative decimal number representing the command
                          that was executed number of commands previously.
                          For example, -1 is the immediately previous com‐
                          mand.

            string
                   A string indicating the most recently entered command
                   that begins with that string.  If the old=new operand is
                   not also specified with -s, the string form of the first
                   operand cannot contain an embedded equal sign.

            The following environment variables affect the execution of fc:

            FCEDIT    Name of the editor to use.

            HISTSIZE  The number of previous commands that are accessible.

     fg [job]
            Move the specified job or the current job to the foreground.

     getopts optstring var
            The POSIX getopts command, not to be confused with the Bell Labs
            -derived getopt(1).

            The first argument should be a series of letters, each of which
            may be optionally followed by a colon to indicate that the
            option requires an argument.  The variable specified is set to
            the parsed option.

            The getopts command deprecates the older getopt(1) utility due
            to its handling of arguments containing whitespace.

            The getopts builtin may be used to obtain options and their
            arguments from a list of parameters.  When invoked, getopts
            places the value of the next option from the option string in
            the list in the shell variable specified by var and its index in
            the shell variable OPTIND.  When the shell is invoked, OPTIND is
            initialized to 1.  For each option that requires an argument,
            the getopts builtin will place it in the shell variable OPTARG.
            If an option is not allowed for in the optstring, then OPTARG
            will be unset.

            optstring is a string of recognized option letters (see
            getopt(3)).  If a letter is followed by a colon, the option is
            expected to have an argument which may or may not be separated
            from it by white space.  If an option character is not found
            where expected, getopts will set the variable var to a “?”;
            getopts will then unset OPTARG and write output to standard
            error.  By specifying a colon as the first character of
            optstring all errors will be ignored.

            After the last option getopts will return a non-zero value and
            set var to “?”.

            The following code fragment shows how one might process the
            arguments for a command that can take the options [a] and [b],
            and the option [c], which requires an argument.

                  while getopts abc: f
                  do
                          case $f in
                          a | b)  flag=$f;;
                          c)      carg=$OPTARG;;
                          \?)     echo $USAGE; exit 1;;
                          esac
                  done
                  shift `expr $OPTIND - 1`

            This code will accept any of the following as equivalent:

                  cmd -acarg file file
                  cmd -a -c arg file file
                  cmd -carg -a file file
                  cmd -a -carg -- file file

     hash -rv command ...
            The shell maintains a hash table which remembers the locations
            of commands.  With no arguments whatsoever, the hash command
            prints out the contents of this table.  Entries which have not
            been looked at since the last cd command are marked with an
            asterisk; it is possible for these entries to be invalid.

            With arguments, the hash command removes the specified commands
            from the hash table (unless they are functions) and then locates
            them.  With the -v option, hash prints the locations of the com‐
            mands as it finds them.  The -r option causes the hash command
            to delete all the entries in the hash table except for func‐
            tions.

     pwd [-LP]
            builtin command remembers what the current directory is rather
            than recomputing it each time.  This makes it faster.  However,
            if the current directory is renamed, the builtin version of pwd
            will continue to print the old name for the directory.  The -P
            option causes the physical value of the current working direc‐
            tory to be shown, that is, all symbolic links are resolved to
            their respective values.  The -L option turns off the effect of
            any preceding -P options.

     read [-p prompt] [-r] variable [...]
            The prompt is printed if the -p option is specified and the
            standard input is a terminal.  Then a line is read from the
            standard input.  The trailing newline is deleted from the line
            and the line is split as described in the section on word split‐
            ting above, and the pieces are assigned to the variables in
            order.  At least one variable must be specified.  If there are
            more pieces than variables, the remaining pieces (along with the
            characters in IFS that separated them) are assigned to the last
            variable.  If there are more variables than pieces, the remain‐
            ing variables are assigned the null string.  The read builtin
            will indicate success unless EOF is encountered on input, in
            which case failure is returned.

            By default, unless the -r option is specified, the backslash “\”
            acts as an escape character, causing the following character to
            be treated literally.  If a backslash is followed by a newline,
            the backslash and the newline will be deleted.

     readonly name ...

     readonly -p
            The specified names are marked as read only, so that they cannot
            be subsequently modified or unset.  The shell allows the value
            of a variable to be set at the same time it is marked read only
            by writing

                  readonly name=value

            With no arguments the readonly command lists the names of all
            read only variables.  With the -p option specified the output
            will be formatted suitably for non-interactive use.

     printf format [arguments ...]
            printf formats and prints its arguments, after the first, under
            control of the format.  The format is a character string which
            contains three types of objects: plain characters, which are
            simply copied to standard output, character escape sequences
            which are converted and copied to the standard output, and for‐
            mat specifications, each of which causes printing of the next
            successive argument.

            The arguments after the first are treated as strings if the cor‐
            responding format is either b, c or s; otherwise it is evaluated
            as a C constant, with the following extensions:

                  ·   A leading plus or minus sign is allowed.
                  ·   If the leading character is a single or double quote,
                      the value is the ASCII code of the next character.

            The format string is reused as often as necessary to satisfy the
            arguments.  Any extra format specifications are evaluated with
            zero or the null string.

            Character escape sequences are in backslash notation as defined
            in ANSI X3.159-1989 (“ANSI C89”).  The characters and their
            meanings are as follows:

                  \a      Write a <bell> character.

                  \b      Write a <backspace> character.

                  \f      Write a <form-feed> character.

                  \n      Write a <new-line> character.

                  \r      Write a <carriage return> character.

                  \t      Write a <tab> character.

                  \v      Write a <vertical tab> character.

                  \\      Write a backslash character.

                  \num    Write an 8-bit character whose ASCII value is the
                          1-, 2-, or 3-digit octal number num.

            Each format specification is introduced by the percent character
            (``%'').  The remainder of the format specification includes, in
            the following order:

            Zero or more of the following flags:

                    #       A `#' character specifying that the value should
                            be printed in an ``alternative form''.  For b,
                            c, d, and s formats, this option has no effect.
                            For the o format the precision of the number is
                            increased to force the first character of the
                            output string to a zero.  For the x (X) format,
                            a non-zero result has the string 0x (0X)
                            prepended to it.  For e, E, f, g, and G formats,
                            the result will always contain a decimal point,
                            even if no digits follow the point (normally, a
                            decimal point only appears in the results of
                            those formats if a digit follows the decimal
                            point).  For g and G formats, trailing zeros are
                            not removed from the result as they would other‐
                            wise be.

                    -       A minus sign `-' which specifies left adjustment
                            of the output in the indicated field;

                    +       A `+' character specifying that there should
                            always be a sign placed before the number when
                            using signed formats.

                    ‘ ’     A space specifying that a blank should be left
                            before a positive number for a signed format.  A
                            `+' overrides a space if both are used;

                    0       A zero `0' character indicating that zero-pad‐
                            ding should be used rather than blank-padding.
                            A `-' overrides a `0' if both are used;

            Field Width:
                    An optional digit string specifying a field width; if
                    the output string has fewer characters than the field
                    width it will be blank-padded on the left (or right, if
                    the left-adjustment indicator has been given) to make up
                    the field width (note that a leading zero is a flag, but
                    an embedded zero is part of a field width);

            Precision:
                    An optional period, ‘.’, followed by an optional digit
                    string giving a precision which specifies the number of
                    digits to appear after the decimal point, for e and f
                    formats, or the maximum number of bytes to be printed
                    from a string (b and s formats); if the digit string is
                    missing, the precision is treated as zero;

            Format:
                    A character which indicates the type of format to use
                    (one of diouxXfwEgGbcs).

            A field width or precision may be ‘*’ instead of a digit string.
            In this case an argument supplies the field width or precision.

            The format characters and their meanings are:

            diouXx      The argument is printed as a signed decimal (d or
                        i), unsigned octal, unsigned decimal, or unsigned
                        hexadecimal (X or x), respectively.

            f           The argument is printed in the style [-]ddd.ddd
                        where the number of d's after the decimal point is
                        equal to the precision specification for the argu‐
                        ment.  If the precision is missing, 6 digits are
                        given; if the precision is explicitly 0, no digits
                        and no decimal point are printed.

            eE          The argument is printed in the style [-]d.ddde±dd
                        where there is one digit before the decimal point
                        and the number after is equal to the precision spec‐
                        ification for the argument; when the precision is
                        missing, 6 digits are produced.  An upper-case E is
                        used for an `E' format.

            gG          The argument is printed in style f or in style e (E)
                        whichever gives full precision in minimum space.

            b           Characters from the string argument are printed with
                        backslash-escape sequences expanded.
                        The following additional backslash-escape sequences
                        are supported:

                        \c      Causes dash to ignore any remaining charac‐
                                ters in the string operand containing it,
                                any remaining string operands, and any addi‐
                                tional characters in the format operand.

                        \0num   Write an 8-bit character whose ASCII value
                                is the 1-, 2-, or 3-digit octal number num.

            c           The first character of argument is printed.

            s           Characters from the string argument are printed
                        until the end is reached or until the number of
                        bytes indicated by the precision specification is
                        reached; if the precision is omitted, all characters
                        in the string are printed.

            %           Print a `%'; no argument is used.

            In no case does a non-existent or small field width cause trun‐
            cation of a field; padding takes place only if the specified
            field width exceeds the actual width.

     set [{ -options | +options | -- }] arg ...
            The set command performs three different functions.

            With no arguments, it lists the values of all shell variables.

            If options are given, it sets the specified option flags, or
            clears them as described in the section called Argument List
            Processing.  As a special case, if the option is -o or +o and no
            argument is supplied, the shell prints the settings of all its
            options.  If the option is -o, the settings are printed in a
            human-readable format; if the option is +o, the settings are
            printed in a format suitable for reinput to the shell to affect
            the same option settings.

            The third use of the set command is to set the values of the
            shell's positional parameters to the specified args.  To change
            the positional parameters without changing any options, use “--”
            as the first argument to set.  If no args are present, the set
            command will clear all the positional parameters (equivalent to
            executing “shift $#”.)

     shift [n]
            Shift the positional parameters n times.  A shift sets the value
            of $1 to the value of $2, the value of $2 to the value of $3,
            and so on, decreasing the value of $# by one.  If n is greater
            than the number of positional parameters, shift will issue an
            error message, and exit with return status 2.

     test expression

     [ expression ]
            The test utility evaluates the expression and, if it evaluates
            to true, returns a zero (true) exit status; otherwise it returns
            1 (false).  If there is no expression, test also returns 1
            (false).

            All operators and flags are separate arguments to the test util‐
            ity.

            The following primaries are used to construct expression:

            -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       True if file exists (regardless of type).

            -f file       True if file exists and is a regular file.

            -g file       True if file exists and its set group ID flag is
                          set.

            -h file       True if file exists and is a symbolic link.

            -k file       True if file exists and its sticky bit is set.

            -n string     True if the length of string is nonzero.

            -p file       True if file is a named pipe (FIFO).

            -r file       True if file exists and is readable.

            -s file       True if file exists and has a size greater than
                          zero.

            -t file_descriptor
                          True if the file whose file descriptor number is
                          file_descriptor is open and is associated with a
                          terminal.

            -u file       True if file exists and its set user ID flag is
                          set.

            -w file       True if file exists and is writable.  True indi‐
                          cates only that the write flag is on.  The file is
                          not writable on a read-only file system even if
                          this test indicates true.

            -x file       True if file exists and is executable.  True indi‐
                          cates only that the execute flag is on.  If file
                          is a directory, true indicates that file can be
                          searched.

            -z string     True if the length of string is zero.

            -L file       True if file exists and is a symbolic link.  This
                          operator is retained for compatibility with previ‐
                          ous versions of this program.  Do not rely on its
                          existence; use -h instead.

            -O file       True if file exists and its owner matches 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 and file2 exist and file1 is newer
                          than file2.

            file1 -ot file2
                          True if file1 and file2 exist and file1 is older
                          than file2.

            file1 -ef file2
                          True if file1 and file2 exist and refer to the
                          same file.

            string        True if string is not the null string.

            s1 = s2       True if the strings s1 and s2 are identical.

            s1 != s2      True if the strings s1 and s2 are not identical.

            s1 < s2       True if string s1 comes before s2 based on the
                          ASCII value of their characters.

            s1 > s2       True if string s1 comes after s2 based on the
                          ASCII value of their characters.

            n1 -eq n2     True if the integers n1 and n2 are algebraically
                          equal.

            n1 -ne n2     True if the integers n1 and n2 are not algebrai‐
                          cally equal.

            n1 -gt n2     True if the integer n1 is algebraically greater
                          than the integer n2.

            n1 -ge n2     True if the integer n1 is algebraically greater
                          than or equal to the integer n2.

            n1 -lt n2     True if the integer n1 is algebraically less than
                          the integer n2.

            n1 -le n2     True if the integer n1 is algebraically less than
                          or equal to the integer n2.

            These primaries can be combined with the following operators:

            ! expression  True if expression is false.

            expression1 -a expression2
                          True if both expression1 and expression2 are true.

            expression1 -o expression2
                          True if either expression1 or expression2 are
                          true.

            (expression)  True if expression is true.

            The -a operator has higher precedence than the -o operator.

     times  Print the accumulated user and system times for the shell and
            for processes run from the shell.  The return status is 0.

     trap [action signal ...]
            Cause the shell to parse and execute action when any of the
            specified signals are received.  The signals are specified by
            signal number or as the name of the signal.  If signal is 0 or
            EXIT, the action is executed when the shell exits.  action may
            be empty (''), which causes the specified signals to be ignored.
            With action omitted or set to `-' the specified signals are set
            to their default action.  When the shell forks off a subshell,
            it resets trapped (but not ignored) signals to the default
            action.  The trap command has no effect on signals that were
            ignored on entry to the shell.  trap without any arguments cause
            it to write a list of signals and their associated action to the
            standard output in a format that is suitable as an input to the
            shell that achieves the same trapping results.

            Examples:

                  trap

            List trapped signals and their corresponding action

                  trap '' INT QUIT tstp 30

            Ignore signals INT QUIT TSTP USR1

                  trap date INT

            Print date upon receiving signal INT

     type [name ...]
            Interpret each name as a command and print the resolution of the
            command search.  Possible resolutions are: shell keyword, alias,
            shell builtin, command, tracked alias and not found.  For
            aliases the alias expansion is printed; for commands and tracked
            aliases the complete pathname of the command is printed.

     ulimit [-H | -S] [-a | -tfdscmlpnv [value]]
            Inquire about or set the hard or soft limits on processes or set
            new limits.  The choice between hard limit (which no process is
            allowed to violate, and which may not be raised once it has been
            lowered) and soft limit (which causes processes to be signaled
            but not necessarily killed, and which may be raised) is made
            with these flags:

            -H          set or inquire about hard limits

            -S          set or inquire about soft limits.  If neither -H nor
                        -S is specified, the soft limit is displayed or both
                        limits are set.  If both are specified, the last one
                        wins.

            The limit to be interrogated or set, then, is chosen by specify‐
            ing any one of these flags:

            -a          show all the current limits

            -t          show or set the limit on CPU time (in seconds)

            -f          show or set the limit on the largest file that can
                        be created (in 512-byte blocks)

            -d          show or set the limit on the data segment size of a
                        process (in kilobytes)

            -s          show or set the limit on the stack size of a process
                        (in kilobytes)

            -c          show or set the limit on the largest core dump size
                        that can be produced (in 512-byte blocks)

            -m          show or set the limit on the total physical memory
                        that can be in use by a process (in kilobytes)

            -l          show or set the limit on how much memory a process
                        can lock with mlock(2) (in kilobytes)

            -p          show or set the limit on the number of processes
                        this user can have at one time

            -n          show or set the limit on the number files a process
                        can have open at once

            -v          show or set the limit on the total virtual memory
                        that can be in use by a process (in kilobytes)

            -r          show or set the limit on the real-time scheduling
                        priority of a process

            If none of these is specified, it is the limit on file size that
            is shown or set.  If value is specified, the limit is set to
            that number; otherwise the current limit is displayed.

            Limits of an arbitrary process can be displayed or set using the
            sysctl(8) utility.

     umask [mask]
            Set the value of umask (see umask(2)) to the specified octal
            value.  If the argument is omitted, the umask value is printed.

     unalias [-a] [name]
            If name is specified, the shell removes that alias.  If -a is
            specified, all aliases are removed.

     unset [-fv] name ...
            The specified variables and functions are unset and unexported.
            If -f or -v is specified, the corresponding function or variable
            is unset, respectively.  If a given name corresponds to both a
            variable and a function, and no options are given, only the
            variable is unset.

     wait [job]
            Wait for the specified job to complete and return the exit sta‐
            tus of the last process in the job.  If the argument is omitted,
            wait for all jobs to complete and return an exit status of zero.

   Command Line Editing
     When dash is being used interactively from a terminal, the current com‐
     mand and the command history (see fc in Builtins) can be edited using
     vi-mode command-line editing.  This mode uses commands, described
     below, similar to a subset of those described in the vi man page.  The
     command ‘set -o vi’ enables vi-mode editing and place sh into vi insert
     mode.  With vi-mode enabled, sh can be switched between insert mode and
     command mode.  The editor is not described in full here, but will be in
     a later document.  It's similar to vi: typing ⟨ESC⟩ will throw you into
     command VI command mode.  Hitting ⟨return⟩ while in command mode will
     pass the line to the shell.

EXIT STATUS         top

     Errors that are detected by the shell, such as a syntax error, will
     cause the shell to exit with a non-zero exit status.  If the shell is
     not an interactive shell, the execution of the shell file will be
     aborted.  Otherwise the shell will return the exit status of the last
     command executed, or if the exit builtin is used with a numeric
     argument, it will return the argument.

ENVIRONMENT         top

     HOME       Set automatically by login(1) from the user's login direc‐
                tory in the password file (passwd(4)).  This environment
                variable also functions as the default argument for the cd
                builtin.

     PATH       The default search path for executables.  See the above sec‐
                tion Path Search.

     CDPATH     The search path used with the cd builtin.

     MAIL       The name of a mail file, that will be checked for the
                arrival of new mail.  Overridden by MAILPATH.

     MAILCHECK  The frequency in seconds that the shell checks for the
                arrival of mail in the files specified by the MAILPATH or
                the MAIL file.  If set to 0, the check will occur at each
                prompt.

     MAILPATH   A colon “:” separated list of file names, for the shell to
                check for incoming mail.  This environment setting overrides
                the MAIL setting.  There is a maximum of 10 mailboxes that
                can be monitored at once.

     PS1        The primary prompt string, which defaults to “$ ”, unless
                you are the superuser, in which case it defaults to “# ”.

     PS2        The secondary prompt string, which defaults to “> ”.

     PS4        Output before each line when execution trace (set -x) is
                enabled, defaults to “+ ”.

     IFS        Input Field Separators.  This is normally set to ⟨space⟩,
                ⟨tab⟩, and ⟨newline⟩.  See the White Space Splitting section
                for more details.

     TERM       The default terminal setting for the shell.  This is inher‐
                ited by children of the shell, and is used in the history
                editing modes.

     HISTSIZE   The number of lines in the history buffer for the shell.

     PWD        The logical value of the current working directory.  This is
                set by the cd command.

     OLDPWD     The previous logical value of the current working directory.
                This is set by the cd command.

     PPID       The process ID of the parent process of the shell.

FILES         top

     $HOME/.profile

     /etc/profile

SEE ALSO         top

     csh(1), echo(1), getopt(1), ksh(1), login(1), printf(1), test(1),
     getopt(3), passwd(5), environ(7), sysctl(8)

HISTORY         top

     dash is a POSIX-compliant implementation of /bin/sh that aims to be as
     small as possible.  dash is a direct descendant of the NetBSD version
     of ash (the Almquist SHell), ported to Linux in early 1997.  It was
     renamed to dash in 2002.

BUGS         top

     Setuid shell scripts should be avoided at all costs, as they are a
     significant security risk.

     PS1, PS2, and PS4 should be subject to parameter expansion before being
     displayed.

COLOPHON         top

     This page is part of the dash (Debian Almquist shell) project.  Infor‐
     mation about the project can be found at
     http://gondor.apana.org.au/~herbert/dash/.  If you have a bug report
     for this manual page, send it to dash@vger.kernel.org.  This page was
     obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
     git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/utils/dash/dash.git on 2017-05-03.  If you
     discover any rendering problems in this HTML version of the page, or
     you believe there is a better or more up-to-date source for the page,
     or you have corrections or improvements to the information in this
     COLOPHON (which is not part of the original manual page), send a mail
     to man-pages@man7.org

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