true man page

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true — return true value

Description

The true utility shall return with exit code zero.

Stdin

Not used.

Asynchronous Events

Default.

Stdout

Not used.

Stderr

Not used.

Exit Status

Zero.

Consequences of Errors

None.

The following sections are informative.

Application Usage

This utility is typically used in shell scripts, as shown in the Examples section. The special built-in utility : is sometimes more efficient than true.

Examples

This command is executed forever:

while true
do
    command
done

Rationale

The true utility has been retained in this volume of POSIX.1‐2008, even though the shell special built-in : provides similar functionality, because true is widely used in historical scripts and is less cryptic to novice script readers.

See Also

Section 2.9, Shell Commands, false

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