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ECHO(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual		       ECHO(1)

NAME
     echo — write arguments to the standard output

SYNOPSIS
     echo [-n] [string ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The echo utility writes any specified operands, separated by single blank
     (‘ ’) characters and followed by a newline (‘\n’) character, to the stan‐
     dard output.

     The following option is available:

     -n	   Do not print the trailing newline character.

     The end-of-options marker -- is not recognized and written literally.

     The newline may also be suppressed by appending ‘\c’ to the end of the
     string, as is done by iBCS2 compatible systems.  Note that the -n option
     as well as the effect of ‘\c’ are implementation-defined in IEEE Std
     1003.1-2001 (“POSIX.1”) as amended by Cor. 1-2002.	 For portability, echo
     should only be used if the first argument does not start with a hyphen
     (‘-’) and does not contain any backslashes (‘\’).	If this is not suffi‐
     cient, printf(1) should be used.

     Most shells provide a builtin echo command which tends to differ from
     this utility in the treatment of options and backslashes.	Consult the
     builtin(1) manual page.

EXIT STATUS
     The echo utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

SEE ALSO
     builtin(1), csh(1), printf(1), sh(1)

STANDARDS
     The echo utility conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (“POSIX.1”) as amended
     by Cor. 1-2002.

BSD			       November 12, 2010			   BSD
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