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Re: [PATCH] echo -n is not portable and used too much

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2002-02-12 01:02:51 CET

On Mon, 2002-02-11 at 18:48, Blair Zajac wrote:
> 1) Have a echo wrapper that figures this out for us.
> 2) Use the printf executable. Does every OS have this?

printf is in POSIX 2 and is present on basically every modern Unix
(*BSD, Linux-based, Solaris 8, IRIX 6.5, Tru64 V5.0, HPUX B.10.20, AIX
3). We'd be shutting out older systems, though, if there are any that
can compile Subversion (SunOS 4.x with gcc?).

The particular tr trick advocated by Kirby Bohling is poor because it
embeds NUL characters in the output, although "tr -d '\012'" might

All a question of just how much ugliness we want to spend on being

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