Questions about either the shell builtin or `/bin/echo`. This tag should not be used if your question is simply about printing to the terminal, only apply it if your question is specific to the `echo` command.

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Why does the input to xargs is 1 string but without is strings in separate line?

I am trying to pipe file to rm via xargs. I understand that what I am tryng to do could be done by git clean but I am practicing the cli. I tried this: for files in $(git status --porcelain| sed ...
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Construct a command by putting a string into a tty

I managed to do this echo -n "command" > /dev/tty1 The letters appear, and the cursor moves, but they are "ghosts" - if you hit enter, nothing happens (they are not in stdin). Edit: In the ...
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sudo issue during echo something to a root file [duplicate]

I have a problem, during write something into a root file: $ ll /sys/bus/usb/devices/3-2/power/wakeup -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4096 Feb 16 17:28 /sys/bus/usb/devices/3-2/power/wakeup $ sudo echo ...
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How do I add a \n to the end of the record on file using AWK

I have a file that can contain 1 or many lines oracle1.txt oracle2.txt oracle3.txt How do I using AWK put a \n after the last line only so it will show oracle1.txt oracle2.txt oracle3.txt\n I ...
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create XML file using bash script

I want create simple xml file using bash script ( not with dom ) but when I set value in the line then echo print the $lorem word and not the val lorem=LOL echo '<root><foo ...
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printing colored text using echo

I know that for printing a colored text using echo, for example red color, the code is: echo -e "\e[1;31m This is red text \e[0m" and I know that in this example, 31 is code of red color and the ...
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Is there a difference between double quoting a variable or a whole line in echo

When you type, for example, echo Variable "$var" is not initialised. and echo "Variable $var is not initialised." the front end result is the exact same (as far as I know, at least). But I was ...
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Avoid backslash expansion with echo in dash

First create a file with this exact content: a\nb I named this file foo, if I run the following, it prints the exact content of the file: bash -c 'bar=$(cat foo);echo "$bar"' But if you run it ...
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Echo newline with quotes [duplicate]

For: $hello="hello > world" Why does echo not print the newline for: echo -e $hello But if I put $hello in quotes it does. $ echo "$hello" hello world Is this because of ANSI-C Quoting? ...
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echo colored text which changes colors dynamically

Is there any way that i can print a colored text on console which keeps on changing its colors dynamically(with or without a specified time interval) just like some greeting cards in which the ...
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how to `echo` 'formatted' man page of some command to text file [duplicate]

When I execute echo `man ls` > tem.txt I get unformatted output in the text file, I mean output without any new lines, just continues sentences. How do I get formatted output ? For example, ...
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How would I loop this command?

A snippet of my code is shown below. The script currently closes if its not able to find the path. [echo "could not find $REPLY, ensure the path is correct and try again"] Instead I would like it ...
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How do I expect 'echo -e “? \c”'?

I'm an absolute newbie to the UNIX world and have been asked to write a script that interacts with another one - but I'm stuck. The script that I interact with echos the following and I need to send a ...
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How to print new lines at the end of functions?

If I type echo hello, my terminal looks like this: My-Computer:~ user$ echo hello hello My-Computer:~ user$ But if I have a function like this stringen () { cat /dev/urandom | env LC_CTYPE=C tr ...
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Back to back Pipes into a Command

Is there a way to pipe back to back values into a command? e.g. If I can command.pl and want to pipe in response, then y to confirm (because it doesn't have a way to auto confirm)? I've tried echo ...
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in Bash, how to not include extra arguments in an alias?

I am trying to do something like alias ftp='echo do not use ftp. Use sftp instead.' just so that ftp will not be accidentally used. But I noticed that ftp abcd.com will cause the command to ...
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Having problems running a script thats built up through the script [closed]

I am currently making a script that sets variables and then runs a script. Here is a bit of what it looks like: #!/bin/bash xml='<This,is,hidden,because,of,personal,information><Id>' ...
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Bash - echo line by line, ignoring the space between the lines

I had read the post on: bash - replace space with new line, but it does not helped to solve my issue. [My Directory] [root@testlabs Config]# ls Archive Backup_Files config_file.tgz ...
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What is the format for piping a message into sendmail?

I am using the following command to create messages on the fly, and send them: echo "Subject:Hello \n\n I would like to buy a hamburger\n" | sendmail email@example.com It seems that when you send ...
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How do I print '-e' with echo?

I know that echo -e is not an ordinary command. I have tried echo '-e' and echo \-e but they still don`t work.
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zsh function output removes leading whitespace

Consider the following two commands and their outcome: 14:57 : echo $(echo " ABC") ABC 14:57 : echo " ABC" ABC Version of zsh: zsh 5.0.5 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0) Why does the first one ...
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What does echo $-1 display?

What does the output of echo $-1, echo $-2, echo $-3.. mean? On one of my Linux boxes, it shows me: echo $-1 imsBEl1 echo $-2 imsBEl2 And on another Linux box, it shows: echo $-1 himBH1 echo $-2 ...
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Add text with echo but start with new line if file not empty

I'm trying to create next script echo "#!/bin/sh" >/script echo "del x.txt" >>/script witch is ok if /script file is empty, if not - will append first line to last text #!/bin/sh del ...
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Print a message from the left-hand side of a pipe

I want to use a variable from the main shell in a sub shell. I did: export mysql_root_password="test" ( echo $mysql_root_password ) | dialog --gauge "Working hard..." 6 50 There is no output. ...
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Why does “$ sudo echo 'yo' ” work even though echo is a shell built in function? [duplicate]

I understand that sudo cd /directory will return: sudo: cd: command not found because cd is a shell builtin and not a binary. But then, why does sudo echo 'this is a test' works fine? What ...
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BC returns syntax error

#!/bin/bash cd ~/simplesim-3.0/benchmarks INSTS=$(grep "sim_num_insn" ./anagram.txt | awk '{print $2}'); IL1_ACCESSES=$(grep "il1.accesses" ./anagram.txt | awk '{print $2}'); IL1_MISSRATE=$(grep ...
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What is the difference between the built in echo command and /bin/echo? [duplicate]

I was playing around with the type and which commands and I discovered something strange. type either returns the path or says that a command is a Bash built in. which either returns the path or ...
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How do I set an environment variable on the command line and have it appear in commands?

If I run export TEST=foo echo $TEST It outputs foo. If I run TEST=foo echo $TEST It does not. How can I get this functionality without using export or a script?
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How do I echo a lot of content in a bash script?

I would like to do echo "[this thing]" This thing is \documentclass{article} \usepackage{rotating} \usepackage{pdfpages} \usepackage{verbatim} \usepackage{amsmath, amsfonts, amssymb, textcomp, ...
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Why is printf better than echo?

I have heard that printf is better than echo and I can recall only one instance from my experience where I had to use printf because echo didn't work for feeding some text into some program on RHEL ...
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./a.out && echo $? only prints return value if return = 0

echo $? in the following scenario does not display the return value, i.e. 1. echo "int main() { return 1; }" > foo.c gcc foo.c && ./a.out && echo $? However, echo $? works when ...
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How do I capture stdin to a variable without stripping any trailing newlines?

In a shell script... How do I capture stdin to a variable without stripping any trailing newlines? Right now I have tried: var=`cat` var=`tee` var=$(tee) In all cases $var will not have the ...
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What is the reverse of echo -e?

If I have a string with nonprintable characters, new lines, or tabs, is there a way I can use echo to print this string and show codes for these characters (e.g., \n for new line, \b for backspace)?
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echo of a string with an exclamation point

Here are what I put in bash and the results I got about 'echo': $ echo '!$' !$ $ echo "!$" echo "'!$'" '!$' I'd like to know how 'echo' deals with the second input. It seems to me that ...
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why 'echo --help' doesn't give me help page of echo?

I tried 'man echo' in Bash and it told me that 'echo --help' will display help then exit, and similarly, that 'echo --version' will output version and exit. But why it doesn't work ? 'echo --help' ...
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Why does “wc -c” print a value of one more with echo?

When running echo abcd | wc -c it returns 5. But the word abcd is only 4 characters long. Is echo printing some special character after the word abcd? And can I prevent echo from printing that? ...
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using bash script to output new script: need mixture of variables to be replaced and not replaced

I'm having a problem with bash variable substitution. Here's a silly example of what I am trying to do. I need to output a new script from a bash script. A line (see echo in my example) has a mixture ...
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How to echo a bang!

I tried to create a script by echo'ing the contents into a file, instead of opening it with a editor echo -e "#!/bin/bash \n /usr/bin/command args" > .scripts/command The output: bash: ...
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How to overwrite stdout using echo? [closed]

We know to overwrite bar.txt, we can use this: echo "foo" > bar.txt but how can we overwrite to the standard output? I tried this command: echo "foo" > but it failed. I want this because ...
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How can I trim the carriage return from text that is being piped in bash?

I'm using this command to get my last typed command: history | cut -c 8- | tail -n 2 | head -n 1 It works very well in bash, removing the line numbers, but there is one problem I have with it, (er, ...
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Read Multiple Entries from an Input File

I wrote a program in Fortran that asks me for latitude and longitude and the name of the output file every time I run it. It works great. What I have been meaning to do is run this program for the ...
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Why is “echo” so much faster than “touch”?

I'm trying to update the timestamp to the current time on all of the xml files in my directory (recursively). I'm using Mac OSX 10.8.5. On about 300,000 files, the following echo command takes 10 ...
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How do I echo an expression with both single and double quotes?

I have tried many things, but I'm new to the shell. Is it possible to have both double and single quotes within an echo? I want to generate echo "scan 'LPV',{FILTER => "(PrefixFilter ...
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Split a returned block of text into lines in terminal?

When I give commands like echo $PATH or which program, I often get a very large block of text consisting of may directories. This is fairly useless, if I am for example, looking to see if there is or ...
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Prevent hanging of “echo STRING > fifo” when nothing is reading that FIFO

When I echo something to a named pipe made with mkfifo, it hangs if no process is reading from that pipe. How can I prevent that, i.e., stop that from hanging? And by the way, why is that hanging ...
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Bash Scripting : Printing column data in the same row

I have written a bash script to calculate the size of a PostgreSQL database and print the output along with the date when the script was executed in a text file. The script code is as follows: ...
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How to display data in columns in two variables with the same format?

I coded the following to display data formatted in columns: str1='hello i am robert and your ma frnd' str2='thisisaverylongword thisistoohehehe andherefinishthe string hereis a other ...
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What defines the maximum size for a command single argument?

I was under the impression that the maximum length of a single argument was not the problem here so much as the total size of the overall argument array plus the size of the environment, which is ...
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echo bytes to a file

I'm trying to connect my rasberry Pi to some display using the i2c bus. To get started I wanted to manually write stuff, bytes in particular to a file. How do you write specific bytes to a file? I ...
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What is the difference between echo `date`, echo “`date`”, and echo '`date`'?

What is the difference between these three commands? echo `date` echo "`date`" echo '`date`' I am confused on what the differences actually are. I think that when the ' are around it means that it ...