ECHO(1) User Commands ECHO(1)

NAME echo - display a line of text


DESCRIPTION Echo the STRING(s) to standard output.

-n do not output the trailing newline

-e enable interpretation of backslash escapes

-E disable interpretation of backslash escapes (default)

--help display this help and exit

--version output version information and exit

If -e is in effect, the following sequences are recognized:

NNN the character whose ASCII code is NNN (octal)

\ backslash

alert (BEL)


form feed

new line

carriage return

horizontal tab

vertical tab

NOTE: your shell may have its own version of echo, which usually super- sedes the version described here. Please refer to your shells docu- mentation for details about the options it supports.

AUTHOR Written by FIXME unknown.

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs to <>.

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO The full documentation for echo is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and echo programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info echo

should give you access to the complete manual.

echo 5.97 March 2012 ECHO(1)