apply - apply a command to a set of arguments
apply [ -ac ] [ -n ] command args ...
apply runs the named command on each argument arg in turn. Normally,
arguments are chosen singly; the optional number n specifies the number
of arguments to be passed to command. If n is zero, command is run
without arguments once for each arg. Character sequences of the form %d
in command, where d is a digit from 1 to 9, are replaced by the dth
following unused arg. If any such sequences occur, n is ignored and the
number of arguments passed to command is the maximum value of d in
command. The character `%' may be changed by the -a option.
apply echo *
is similar to ls(1);
apply -2 cmp a1 b1 a2 b2 ...
compares the `a' files to the `b' files
apply -0 who 1 2 3 4 5
runs who(1) 5 times
apply 'ln %1 /usr/joe' *
links all files in the current directory to the directory /usr/joe
Shell metacharacters in command may have bizarre effects; it is best to
enclose complicated commands in single quotes (' ').
There is no way to pass a literal `%2' if `%' is the argument expansion
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