Do nothing, returning a zero (true) exit status


'true' does nothing except return an exit status of 0, meaning "success". It can be used as a place holder in shell scripts where a successful command is needed, although the shell built-in command : (colon) does the same thing faster.

'true' ignores all command line arguments, even --help and --version, since to do otherwise would change expected behavior that some programmers may be relying on.

This version of 'true' is implemented as a C program, and is thus more secure and faster than a shell script implementation, and may safely be used as a dummy shell for the purpose of disabling accounts.

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Related Linux commands

false - Do nothing, unsuccessfully.
yes - Print a string until interrupted.
Equivalent Windows command: BREAK - Do nothing, successfully.

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