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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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