Subject: Re: echo -e flag
To: None <>
From: Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/07/2003 23:08:19
On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 01:29:26AM +0200, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> Or you patch it to not use -e, which I'd recommend w/o knowing what
> exactly is echoed there.

Regrettably, this is not possible. The program in question takes
postscript interpreting, raster image mangling, and accounting commands,
from various sources, arranges them into a pipe, and runs them. According
to a comment in the source code, sometimes these commands involve 
echo -e stuff.

The various sources in question are PPD files that could - theoretically -
come from anywhere, but in practice, almost always come from the Linux
Printing Project, to whom they are contributed from almost anywhere.

The LPP's attitude to portability seems to be, "make it work on Linux
and everyone else will cobble something together." Whatever the
solution to this problem end up as, it certainly does not need to 
involve hacking the NetBSD base system.
Bruce J.A. Nourish <>