Get help on Linux dot Command.


   Linux dot ( . ) command is use to execute commands from a file in the current shell on Linux system.  The Linux dot ( . ) command is one of bash shell built in command.  The command example below show how to get dot ( . ) command manual or help on Linux dot ( . ) command using shell command, this help show information on how to use the Linux dot ( . ) command.


Get Linux dot ( . ) command help


  Execute help command and the name of Linux command that we want the help file, the example below we execute help command with -m option to get the help for dot ( . ) command using the manpage format.

linux dot command

[linux@fedora11 ~]$ help -m .


    . - Execute commands from a file in the current shell.



    . filename [arguments]



    Execute commands from a file in the current shell.


    Read and execute commands from FILENAME in the current shell.  The

    entries in $PATH are used to find the directory containing FILENAME.

    If any ARGUMENTS are supplied, they become the positional parameters

    when FILENAME is executed.


    Exit Status:

    Returns the status of the last command executed in FILENAME; fails if

    FILENAME cannot be read.






    GNU bash, version 4.0.16(1)-release (i386-redhat-linux-gnu)

    Copyright (C) 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

    License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>


[linux@fedora11 ~]$


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