What is /bin/sh -c?

What does /bin/sh -c mean? What does -c do?


  • From the man-page of bash:

    -c string

    If the -c option is present, then commands are read from string. If there are arguments after the string, they are assigned to the positional parameters, starting with $0.


    $ bash -c ls

    will launch bash and execute the command ls.

    /bin/sh is usually a symlink to a shell.