type - Writes a description of command type
Interfaces documented on this reference page conform to industry standards
Refer to the standards(5) reference page for more information about indus-
try standards and associated tags.
A name to be interpreted
The type utility indicates how each argument would be interpreted if used
as a command name.
The standard output of type contains information about each parameter. The
information provided identifies the operand as a shell built-in, a func-
tion, an alias or keyword, and where applicable, displays the command's
For proper execution, type must be aware of the contents of the current
shell execution environment (such as the lists of commands, functions and
built-ins processed by hash). If type is called in a separate utility exe-
cution environment, such as one of the following it might not produce accu-
nohup type writer
find . -type f | xargs type
The following exit values are returned:
0 Successful completion.
>>0 An error occurred.
The following environment variables affect the execution of type:
Provides a default value for the internationalization variables that
are unset or null. If LANG is unset or null, the corresponding value
from the default locale is used. If any of the internationalization
variables contains an invalid setting, the utility behaves as if none
of the variables had been defined.
If set to a non-empty string value, overrides the values of all the
other internationalization variables.
Determines the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of
text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-
byte characters in arguments).
Determines the locale that should be used to affect the format and con-
tents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
Determines the location of message catalogues for the processing of
Determines the location of name.
Commands: command(1), hash(1)