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Commands Reference, Volume 1

banner Command


Writes ASCII character strings in large letters to standard output.


banner String


The banner command writes ASCII character Strings to standard output in large letters. Each line in the output can be up to 10 uppercase or lowercase characters in length. On output, all characters appear in uppercase, with the lowercase input characters appearing smaller than the uppercase input characters.

Each word you input appears on a separate line on the screen. When you want to display more than one word to a line, use quotation marks to specify which words will appear on one line.


  1. To display a banner at the workstation, enter:

    banner SMILE!
  2. To display more than one word on a line, enclose the text in quotation marks, as follows:

    banner "Out to" Lunch

    This displays Out to on one line and Lunch on the next.


/usr/bin/banner Contains the banner command.

Related Information

The echo command.

The Input and Output Redirection Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System User's Guide: Operating System and Devices describes how the operating system processes input and output and how to use redirect and pipe symbols.

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