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Linux 2.6 - man page for shtool-echo (linux section 1)

SHTOOL-ECHO.TMP(1)		     GNU Portable Shell Tool		       SHTOOL-ECHO.TMP(1)

NAME
       shtool-echo - GNU shtool echo(1) extensional command

SYNOPSIS
       shtool echo [-n|--newline] [-e|--expand] string

DESCRIPTION
       shtool echo is an echo(1) style command which prints string to stdout and optionally
       provides special expansion constructs (terminal bold mode, environment details, date, etc)
       and newline control. The trick of this command is that it provides a portable -n option
       and hides the gory details needed to find out the environment details under option -e.

OPTIONS
       The following command line options are available.

       -n, --newline
	   By default, output is written to stdout followed by a "newline" (ASCII character
	   0x0a). If option -n is used, this newline character is omitted.

       -e, --expand
	   If option -e is used, string can contain special "%x" constructs which are expanded
	   before the output is written. Currently the following constructs are recognized:

	   %B  switch terminal mode to bold display mode.

	   %b  switch terminal mode back to normal display mode.

	   %u  the current user name.

	   %U  the current user id (numerical).

	   %g  the current group name.

	   %G  the current group id (numerical).

	   %h  the current hostname (without any domain extension).

	   %d  the current domain name.

	   %D  the current day of the month.

	   %M  the current month (numerical).

	   %m  the current month name.

	   %Y  the current year.

EXAMPLE
	#   shell script
	shtool echo -n -e "Enter your name [%B%u%b]: "; read name
	shtool echo -e "Your Email address might be %u@%h%d"
	shtool echo -e "The current date is %D-%m-%Y"

HISTORY
       The GNU shtool echo command was originally written by Ralf S.  Engelschall
       <rse@engelschall.com> in 1998 for Website META Language (WML) under the name buildinfo. It
       was later taken over into GNU shtool.

SEE ALSO
       shtool(1), echo(1).

18-Jul-2008				   shtool 2.0.8 		       SHTOOL-ECHO.TMP(1)


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