Nearly every command invocation yields an integral exit status
that can be used to change how other commands work.
For the vast majority of commands, an exit status of zero indicates
success. Failure is indicated by a nonzero value—typically
1’, though it may differ on unusual platforms as POSIX
requires only that it be nonzero.
However, some of the programs documented here do produce
other exit status values and a few associate different
meanings with the values ‘
0’ and ‘
Here are some of the exceptions: