Subject: Re: echo -e flag
To: Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
From: Quentin Garnier <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/07/2003 22:24:16
Le Sun, 7 Sep 2003 13:18:51 -0700
Bruce J.A. Nourish a ecrit :
> 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:
> 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.

Couldn't you change it to use printf(1) ?

Quentin Garnier -
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