type (Unix)

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In Unix, type is a command that describes how its arguments would be interpreted if used as command names.


Where applicable, type will display the command name's path. Possible command types are:

The command returns a non-zero exit status if command names cannot be found.


$ type test
test is a shell builtin
$ type cp
cp is /bin/cp
$ type unknown
-bash: type: unknown: not found
$ type type
type is a shell builtin
$ type -a gzip
gzip is /opt/local/bin/gzip
gzip is /usr/bin/gzip

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