The return utility shall cause the shell to stop executing the current
function or dot script. If the shell is not currently executing a func-
tion or dot script, the results are unspecified.
See the DESCRIPTION.
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
The value of the special parameter '?' shall be set to n, an unsigned
decimal integer, or to the exit status of the last command executed if
n is not specified. If the value of n is greater than 255, the results
are undefined. When return is executed in a trap action, the last com-
mand is considered to be the command that executed immediately preced-
ing the trap action.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
The following sections are informative.
tions. Some shells AND out all but the low-order 8 bits; others allow
larger values, but not of unlimited size.
See the discussion of appropriate exit status values under exit .
Special Built-In Utilities
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form
from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
-- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base
Specifications 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 Standard, 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 RETURN(P)
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