true (1p) - Linux Man Pages
true: return true value
PROLOGThis manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual. The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.
true - return true value
The true utility shall return with exit code zero.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
The following sections are informative.
This utility is typically used in shell scripts, as shown in the EXAMPLES section. The special built-in utility : is sometimes more efficient than true.
This command is executed forever:
while true do command done
The true utility has been retained in this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, even though the shell special built-in : provides similar functionality, because true is widely used in historical scripts and is less cryptic to novice script readers.
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