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Couple possible bugs in echo

From: Robb Oliver
Subject: Couple possible bugs in echo
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 10:22:20 -0400
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Hello all,

In debugging a customer's issue with an install script my company uses we
found that echo on our RH Linux 7.1 machine wasn't behaving the same as the
rest of the unix flavors.  As I investigated I found that if you issue the
following command at a shell:

# echo "-n"

You get no output.  I noticed that if you attempt to echo any of he options
listed in the man page for echo they will be interpreted as options and not
as the string you want to echo.

I can't be sure if this is a bug or if there is some subtlety I am missing.
I would include the version of echo I was using but that brings me to my
second possible bug.  When I type:

# echo --version

To get the version it echos --version

The man page is for sh utils 2.0 if that helps.

Is this a bug or am I missing something?

Robb Oliver

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