Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (1P)
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--- write a description of command type
utility shall indicate how each argument would be interpreted if used
as a command name.
The following operand shall be supported:
A name to be interpreted.
The following environment variables shall affect the execution of
Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are
unset or null. (See the Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
Section 8.2, Internationalization Variables
for the precedence of internationalization variables used to determine
the values of locale categories.)
If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the
other internationalization variables.
Determine 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).
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and
contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of
Determine the location of
as described in the Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
Chapter 8, Environment Variables.
The standard output of
contains information about each operand in an unspecified format. The
information provided typically identifies the operand as a shell
built-in, function, alias, or keyword, and where applicable, may
display the operand's pathname.
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
The following exit values shall be returned:
An error occurred.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
The following sections are informative.
must be aware of the contents of the current shell execution
environment (such as the lists of commands, functions, and built-ins
it is always provided as a shell regular built-in. If it is called in
a separate utility execution environment, such as one of the
nohup type writer
find . -type f | xargs type
it might not produce accurate results.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
Chapter 8, Environment Variables
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