Catalyst 5000/6000 CLI Syntax Conventions

Catalyst 5000/6000 CLI Syntax Conventions

All well-documented equipment uses a standard representation for interpreting commands. The Catalyst is no exception. Cisco documents how to interpret the printed commands of its documentation. Table 4-1 summarizes the command syntax conventions used in the Catalyst documentation and in this book.

Table 4-1. Catalyst Syntax Conventions

Command Presentation Interpretation
Boldface Commands and keywords that are entered literally as shown are in boldface.
Italic Arguments for which you supply values are in italics.
[ ] Elements in square brackets are optional.
{x | y | z} Alternative required keywords are grouped in braces and separated by vertical bars.
[x | y | z] Optional alternative keywords are grouped in brackets and separated by vertical bars.
String A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.

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