[PATCH] Fancy rc startup style RFC - v6

Oliver Fromme olli at lurza.secnetix.de
Fri May 5 16:32:17 UTC 2006


Sorry for replying to an old message, but nobody has
responded to this particular question, so I give it
a try ...

Coleman Kane <zombyfork at gmail.com> wrote:
 > One unfortunate thing about /bin/sh: [from the sh(1) manpage]
 >              Only one of the -e and -n options may be specified.
 > This means that we may not be able to use the -n to chain multiple echos on
 > one line...

You can use the backslash sequence '\c' with echo -e, which
has the same effect as the -n option.  See sh(1).

Another possibility is to use dd(1) to strip off the new-
line (dd(1) lives in /bin, so it's available during boot).
A shell function like this does it:

    echo -e "$x" | dd bs=$((${#x}-1)) count=1 2>/dev/null

Although it's a bit less efficient because dd(1) is an
external binary, it's more flexible since it can be used
for all kinds of cutting and trimming (note that cut(1)
resides in /usr/bin).

Best regards

Oliver Fromme,  secnetix GmbH & Co. KG, Marktplatz 29, 85567 Grafing
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