Describe a command. For each name, indicate how it would be interpreted if used as a command name.

      type [-aftpP] name [name ...]

   -a  Print all the places that contain an executable named name. 

This includes aliases and functions, if and only if the -p option is not also used.
The table of hashed commands is not consulted when using -a.

   -t   Print a string describing the file type which is one of:
           alias    (shell alias)
           function (shell function)
           builtin  (shell builtin)
           file     (disk file)
           keyword  (shell reserved word) 

If the name is not found, then nothing is printed, and an exit status of false is returned.

   -f  Suppress shell function lookup, as with the command builtin.

   -p  Print the path of the disk file that name would execute as a command.
       returns nothing if 'type -t name' would not return file.

   -P  Force a PATH search for each name, even if 'type -t name' would not return file.

If a command is hashed, -p and -P print the hashed value, not necessarily the file that appears first in PATH.

With no options, indicate how each name would be interpreted if used as a command name.

type returns true if all of the arguments are found, false if any are not found.

This is a BASH shell builtin, to display your local syntax from the bash prompt type: help [t]ype


 $ type -a grep
 grep is /usr/bin/grep
 $ type type
type is a shell builtin $ type lsl lsl is a function lsl () { ls -l $1 }

“In his errors a man is true to type. Observe the errors and you will know the man” ~ Analects>

Related Linux commands

builtin - Run a shell builtin.
function - Define Function Macros.
whereis - Report all known instances of a command.
which - Search the user’s $path for a program file.

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