type(1)type(1)NAMEtype - Writes a description of command typeSYNOPSIStype name...
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A name to be interpreted
The type utility indicates how each argument would be interpreted if
used as a command name.
The standard output of type contains information about each parameter.
The information provided identifies the operand as a shell built-in, a
function, an alias or keyword, and where applicable, displays the com‐
For proper execution, type must be aware of the contents of the current
shell execution environment (such as the lists of commands, functions
and built-ins processed by hash). If type is called in a separate
utility execution environment, such as one of the following it might
not produce accurate results.
nohup type writer find . -type f | xargs typeEXIT STATUS
The following exit values are returned: Successful completion. An
The following environment variables affect the execution of type: Pro‐
vides a default value for the internationalization variables that are
unset or null. If LANG is unset or null, the corresponding value from
the default locale is used. If any of the internationalization vari‐
ables contains an invalid setting, the utility behaves as if none of
the variables had been defined. If set to a non-empty string value,
overrides the values of all the other internationalization variables.
Determines the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of
text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi‐
byte characters in arguments). Determines the locale that should be
used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages written
to standard error. Determines the location of message catalogues for
the processing of LC_MESSAGES. Determines the location of name.
Commands: command(1), hash(1)