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CONTINUE(1P)               POSIX Programmer's Manual              CONTINUE(1P)



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       This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual.  The Linux implementation of this interface may dif-
       fer (consult the corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface  may  not  be
       implemented on Linux.

NAME
       continue - 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 "$i"
                  then continue
                  fi
                  echo "\"$i\"" is not a directory.
              done

RATIONALE
       None.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
       None.

SEE ALSO
       Special Built-In Utilities

COPYRIGHT
       Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Stan-
       dard  for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifica-
       tions Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,  Inc  and  The
       Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Stan-
       dard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee  document.  The  original  Standard  can  be
       obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .



IEEE/The Open Group                  2003                         CONTINUE(1P)