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Old 11-10-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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escape sequences in a string

I m new to linux and recently when I tried to user escape sequences with echo command
echo "Hi \n i am a new user" but instead of printing----
i am a new user
it is printing----
Hi \n i am a new user
i am using ubuntu version 12
Please help!!

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Old 11-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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there are different versions of echo with different behaviour. For example the zsh builtin echo would do what you want but perhaps you are using /bin/echo, in which case you need to supply the -e option so that escape sequences will be interpreted. Eg
echo -e "line one\nline two"

Old 11-11-2013, 03:53 AM   #3
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Thanx evo2 that was really helpfull.


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