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continue — continue for, while, or until loop
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
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
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
- Successful completion.
- The n value was not an unsigned decimal integer greater than or
equal to 1.
The following sections are informative.
for i in *
if test −d "$i"
printf '"%s" is not a directory.\n' "$i"
Section 2.14, Special Built-In Utilities
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Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable
Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue
7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013
Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the event of any discrepancy between this
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