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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.



Print the next string.


Print the nth string.


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.


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

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