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NAME continue - continue for, while, or until loop

SYNOPSIS continue [n]

DESCRIPTION The continue utility shall return to the top of the smallest enclosing for, while, or until loop, or to the top of the nth enclosing loop, if n is specified. This involves repeating the condition list of a while or until loop or performing the next assignment of a for loop, and re- executing the loop if appropriate.

The value of n is a decimal integer greater than or equal to 1. The default shall be equivalent to n=1. If n is greater than the number of enclosing loops, the outermost enclosing loop shall be used.

OPTIONS None.

OPERANDS See the DESCRIPTION.

STDIN Not used.

INPUT FILES None.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES None.

ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS Default.

STDOUT Not used.

STDERR The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.

OUTPUT FILES None.

EXTENDED DESCRIPTION None.

EXIT STATUS 0 Successful completion.

>0 The n value was not an unsigned decimal integer greater than or equal to 1.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS Default.

The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE None.

EXAMPLES for i in * do if test -d "$i" then continue fi echo " done

RATIONALE None.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS None.

SEE ALSO Special Built-In Utilities

COPYRIGHT Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .

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