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continue ā€” 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 "$i"
    then continue
    fi
    printf '"%s" is not a directory.\n' "$i"
done

Rationale

None.

Future Directions

None.

See Also

Section 2.14, Special Built-In Utilities

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