I executed the following  printf  (in a  Korn shell  command-line)
                printf  't %2$s .\n'  3  55
and got the following response
        printf: illegal format character $

The following is an excerpt from the  man-3  page for  printf .

Each conversion specification is introduced by the
character %. The arguments must correspond properly (after type promo-
tion) with the conversion specifier. After the %, the following appear
in sequence:

o An optional field, consisting of a decimal digit string followed by a
$, specifying the next argument to access . If this field is not
provided, the argument following the last argument accessed will be
used. Arguments are numbered starting at 1. If unaccessed arguments
in the format string are interspersed with ones that are accessed the
results will be indeterminate.

The printf should have produced "t 55 ." as output. Can we please get it fixed?!?!

My system is FreeBSD 4.3 on:
FreeBSD 4.3-RELEASE FreeBSD 4.3-RELEASE #0: Sat Apr 21 10:54:49 GMT 2001 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:/usr/src/sys/compile/GENERIC i386

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