Display the definition of a shell function

typeset -f <function-name>
Display the code of a previously defined shell function.
Sample Output
$ myfun () {echo "test"};
$ typeset -f myfun
myfun () {
        echo "test"
}

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By: log0
2009-08-04 17:07:21

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