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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 standard output.

     The following option is available:

     -n    Do not print the trailing newline character.  This may also be achieved by appending `\c' to the
           end of the string, as is done by iBCS2 compatible systems.  Note that this 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.  Applications aiming for maximum portability are strongly encouraged to use
           printf(1) to suppress the newline character.

     Some shells may provide a builtin echo command which is similar or identical to this utility.  Most
     notably, the builtin echo in sh(1) does not accept the -n option.  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                             April 12, 2003                             BSD

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