Jeff King <> writes:

>> Major issue:  "echo -n" is still not portable.
>> Could we simply use
>> touch  marks-cur  &&
>> touch marks-new
> Yes, "echo -n" is definitely not portable.  Our preferred way of
> creating an empty file is just ">file".


And it is misleading to use "touch" in this case; unless you are
updating the timestamp of an existing file while preserving the
contents of it, please don't use the command.

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