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The printf command - [Differences from C, and portability considerations] tidbit from printf.def.

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http://wiki.bash-hackers.org – FIXME Stranger, this is a very big topic that needs experience - please fill in missing information, extend the descriptions, and correct the details if you can! Attention: This is about the Bash-builtin command printf - however, the description should be nearly identical for an external command that follows POSIX(r). (HowTos)