APPLY(1) APPLY(1) NAME apply - apply a command to a set of arguments SYNOPSIS apply [ -ac ] [ -n ] command args ... DESCRIPTION Apply runs the named command on each argument arg in turn. Normally arguments are chosen singly; the optional number n specifies the number of arguments to be passed to command. If n is zero, command is run without arguments once for each arg. Character sequences of the form %d in command, where d is a digit from 1 to 9, are replaced by the d'th following unused arg. If any such sequences occur, n is ignored, and the number of arguments passed to command is the maximum value of d in command. The character `%' may be changed by the -a option. EXAMPLES apply echo * is a time-consuming way to do `ls -1' apply -2 cmp a1 b1 a2 b2 ... compares the `a' files to the `b' files apply -0 date `seq 20` runs date 20 times; like `for i in `seq 20`; do date; done' SEE ALSO sh(1) BUGS Shell metacharacters in command may have bizarre effects; it is best to enclose complicated commands in single quotes ' '. There is no way to pass a literal `%2' if `%' is the argu- ment expansion character.