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Old 01-10-2012
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How do i usecarriage return in ksh.
I want to do an echo "bla bla" and another echo "bla bla" will appear and replace the first echo on screen.

I tried:
until [ -z "$answer" ]; do
   echo "bla bla \r"

please advice.


Last edited by methyl; 01-10-2012 at 10:37 AM.. Reason: repaired code tags
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Old 01-10-2012
In GNU Bash:

man echo
-e     enable interpretation of backslash escapes
\r     carriage return

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Old 01-10-2012
Since the OP asked, how to do it in ksh - here is, how to do it using the printf command or builtin (in ksh93):

printf "bla bla\r"

BTW: I really try to avoid using echo, because there are so many different implementations around, that it is a pain in the *** to write portable scripts.
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Old 01-10-2012
Your original script does nothing because the "while" condition happens immediately. Suggest you have a "sleep" command in the script or you will kill your network.

while true
   echo "bla bla \r\c"
   sleep 1

Stop the script with SIGINT (usually ctrl/c).

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