Subject: echo -e flag
To: None <>
From: Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/07/2003 13:18:51
Hey everyone,

I'm creating a package for some software that under some 
circumstances requires the use of the "-e" flag to echo. This
flag seems to have been invented by the GNU people:

   -e     Enable interpretation of the  following  backslash-
          escaped characters in the strings:
          \a     alert (bell)
          \b     backspace
          \c     suppress trailing newline
          \f     form feed
          \n     new line
          \r     carriage return
          \t     horizontal tab
          \v     vertical tab
          \\     backslash
          \nnn   the   character  whose  ASCII  code  is  nnn

I was wondering if anyone would approve of me adding this functionality
to echo(1). The only other alternative I have is to make the package
depend on GNU coreutils, which is a massive overkill for a puny little
echo flag.

Bruce J.A. Nourish <>