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Old 08-12-2015
Inserting new line

Hi all,

I want ot print a header with new line in the end. I am using echo

like echo "this is header"

I want output like

This is header


I tried -e also but it's not working. echo - e

Can anyone help please?

Last edited by Don Cragun; 08-12-2015 at 06:13 PM.. Reason: Add CODE and ICODE tags.
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Old 08-12-2015
echo -e "This is header\n"

-e     enable interpretation of backslash escapes

# 3  
Old 08-12-2015
already used it but not working.
# 4  
Old 08-12-2015
Which SHELL & OS?
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Old 08-12-2015
As has been said many times before, any use of echo when the 1st argument starts with a hyphen or when any argument contains a backslash character produces output that varies considerably from system to system and shell to shell. Either of the following should do what you want portably:
echo 'This is a header

printf 'This is a header\n\n'

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Old 08-13-2015
To add, in general it would be better to specify the printf format string separately, so:
printf '%s\n\n' 'This is a header'

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Old 08-13-2015
Longhand using OSX 10.7.5, default bash terminal calling 'sh' and using '/bin/echo' that has no -e or -E...
(Note the inverted commas. Also the '>' after 'newline="<CR>' below is a waiting state for further input in interactive mode.)
Last login: Thu Aug 13 14:37:01 on ttys000
AMIGA:barrywalker~> sh
AMIGA:barrywalker~> newline="
> "
AMIGA:barrywalker~> /bin/echo "This is a line.$newline""And this is another line.$newline""And this is a third line."
This is a line.
And this is another line.
And this is a third line.


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