More about echo

Many will agree that echo is pretty useful. I use it for a variety of stuff, from querying values of variables to seeing the output of an expanded wildcard.

However echo has several options.

echo -n “Stuff to print”; does not print a newline at the end of Stuff to do. This is useful for prompting the user to input data.

echo -n “Enter your name: “

Escape sequence detection can be enabled with the -e option. Here the arguments are checked for the presence of escape sequences, which enables greater formatting of output.

echo -e “This will be on a \nNew Line.\c”

The \n prints “New Line” on a new line. The \c acts like the -n option and suppresses the newline at the end.


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