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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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Name

name ( )

Synopsis

[function] name (  ) {commands; }

Define name as a function. POSIX syntax. The reserved word function is optional. The function definition can be written on one line or across many. See Functions in Functions for more detailed information.

Example

$ count (  ) {
> ls | wc -l
> }

When issued at the command line, count displays the number of files in the current directory.

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