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NAME

line - Reads one line from standard input  

SYNOPSIS

line


 

STANDARDS

Interfaces documented on this reference page conform to industry standards as follows:

line:  XPG4, XPG4-UNIX

Refer to the standards(5) reference page for more information about industry standards and associated tags.
 

OPTIONS

None
 

DESCRIPTION

The line command copies one line, up to and including a newline, from standard input and writes it to standard output. Use this command within a shell command file to read from your terminal. The line command always writes at least a newline character.
 

NOTES

The line utility has no internationalization features and is considered obsolete and will be withdrawn in a future version. Use the read utility instead.
 

EXIT STATUS

Success. End-of-File.
 

EXAMPLES

To read a line from the keyboard and append it to a file, enter: echo 'Enter comments for the log:' echo ': \c' line >>log

This shell procedure displays the message: Enter comments for the log:

It then reads a line of text from the keyboard and adds it to the end of the file log. The echo ': \c' command displays a : (colon) prompt. See the echo command for information about the \c escape sequence.
 

SEE ALSO

Commands:  echo(1), ksh(1), read(1), Bourne shell sh(1b), POSIX shell sh(1p)

Functions:  read(2)

Standards:  standards(5)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
STANDARDS
OPTIONS
DESCRIPTION
NOTES
EXIT STATUS
EXAMPLES
SEE ALSO

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