echo $?

Echo exit status (a.k.a. return code)

I often find it useful to know what the exit status for a program was. This can be helpful when looking up errors by exit status or when scripting frequent commands. Taken from http://www.faqs.org/docs/abs/HTML/exit-status.html
Sample Output
echo hello
echo $?    # Exit status 0 returned because command executed successfully.
0
ls foo
echo $?    # Exit status 2 returned because command failed (value depends on command, see man page).
2

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2011-07-27 15:34:20

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