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TEST(1)				      FSF			       TEST(1)

NAME
       test - check file types and compare values

SYNOPSIS
       test EXPRESSION
       [ EXPRESSION ]
       test OPTION

DESCRIPTION
       Exit with the status determined by EXPRESSION.

       --help display this help	and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       EXPRESSION is true or false and sets exit status.  It is	one of:

       ( EXPRESSION )
	      EXPRESSION is true

       ! EXPRESSION
	      EXPRESSION is false

       EXPRESSION1 -a EXPRESSION2
	      both EXPRESSION1 and EXPRESSION2 are true

       EXPRESSION1 -o EXPRESSION2
	      either EXPRESSION1 or EXPRESSION2	is true

       [-n] STRING
	      the length of STRING is nonzero

       -z STRING
	      the length of STRING is zero

       STRING1 = STRING2
	      the strings are equal

       STRING1 != STRING2
	      the strings are not equal

       INTEGER1	-eq INTEGER2
	      INTEGER1 is equal	to INTEGER2

       INTEGER1	-ge INTEGER2
	      INTEGER1 is greater than or equal	to INTEGER2

       INTEGER1	-gt INTEGER2
	      INTEGER1 is greater than INTEGER2

       INTEGER1	-le INTEGER2
	      INTEGER1 is less than or equal to	INTEGER2

       INTEGER1	-lt INTEGER2
	      INTEGER1 is less than INTEGER2

       INTEGER1	-ne INTEGER2
	      INTEGER1 is not equal to INTEGER2

       FILE1 -ef FILE2
	      FILE1 and	FILE2 have the same device and inode numbers

       FILE1 -nt FILE2
	      FILE1 is newer (modification date) than FILE2

       FILE1 -ot FILE2
	      FILE1 is older than FILE2

       -b FILE
	      FILE exists and is block special

       -c FILE
	      FILE exists and is character special

       -d FILE
	      FILE exists and is a directory

       -e FILE
	      FILE exists

       -f FILE
	      FILE exists and is a regular file

       -g FILE
	      FILE exists and is set-group-ID

       -h FILE
	      FILE exists and is a symbolic link (same as -L)

       -G FILE
	      FILE exists and is owned by the effective	group ID

       -k FILE
	      FILE exists and has its sticky bit set

       -L FILE
	      FILE exists and is a symbolic link (same as -h)

       -O FILE
	      FILE exists and is owned by the effective	user ID

       -p FILE
	      FILE exists and is a named pipe

       -r FILE
	      FILE exists and is readable

       -s FILE
	      FILE exists and has a size greater than zero

       -S FILE
	      FILE exists and is a socket

       -t [FD]
	      file descriptor FD (stdout by default) is	opened on a terminal

       -u FILE
	      FILE exists and its set-user-ID bit is set

       -w FILE
	      FILE exists and is writable

       -x FILE
	      FILE exists and is executable

       Beware  that  parentheses need to be escaped (e.g., by backslashes) for
       shells.	INTEGER	may also be -l STRING, which evaluates to  the	length
       of STRING.

AUTHOR
       Written by FIXME: ksb and mjb.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software	Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not	even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR	 A  PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The  full documentation for test	is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info	and test programs are properly installed  at  your  site,  the
       command

	      info test

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 4.5.3		 February 2003			       TEST(1)

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