Linux "printf" Command Line Options and Examples
formatted output conversion
Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT, or execute according to OPTION: --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit FORMAT controls the output as in C printf.
printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]...
Command Line Options:
display this help and exit
printf --help ...
output version information and exitFORMAT controls the output as in C printf. Interpreted sequences are:\" double quote\\ backslash\a alert (BEL)\b backspace\c produce no further output\e escape\f form feed\n new line\r carriage return\t horizontal tab\v vertical tab\NNN byte with octal value NNN (1 to 3 digits)\xHH byte with hexadecimal value HH (1 to 2 digits)\uHHHH Unicode (ISO/IEC 10646) character with hex value HHHH (4 digits)\UHHHHHHHHUnicode character with hex value HHHHHHHH (8 digits)%% a single %%b ARGUMENT as a string with '\' escapes interpreted, except that octal escapes are of the form \0 or\0NNN%q ARGUMENT is printed in a format that can be reused as shell input, escaping non-printable characterswith the proposed POSIX $'' syntax.and all C format specifications ending with one of diouxXfeEgGcs, with ARGUMENTs converted to proper typefirst. Variable widths are handled.NOTE: your shell may have its own version of printf, which usually supersedes the version described here.Please refer to your shell's documentation for details about the options it supports.AUTHORWritten by David MacKenzie.REPORTING BUGSGNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>Report printf translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>COPYRIGHTCopyright © 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later<http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent per‐mitted by law.
printf --version ...