Matthieu Moy <> writes:

>>From 7962ac8d8f2cbc556f669fd97487f9d70edc4ea1 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> From: Matthieu Moy <>
> Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:13:03 +0200
> Subject: [PATCH] die_with_status: use "printf '%s\n'", not "echo"
> At least GNU echo interprets backslashes in its arguments.

I think that's incorrect in several respects.  For one thing, echo is
never called for most Bourne shells since echo is a builtin (might have
been different for UNIX version 7 or so).  For another, GNU echo would
behave like Bash:

And GNU Bash does not interpret escapes unless you do echo -e.  Escape
sequence interpretation, however, happens for Dash:

dak@lola:/usr/local/tmp/lilypond$ dash -c 'echo "x\tx"'
x       x
dak@lola:/usr/local/tmp/lilypond$ bash -c 'echo "x\tx"'
dak@lola:/usr/local/tmp/lilypond$ /bin/echo "x\tx"

So replace "GNU echo" in your commit message with "Dash's echo builtin"
and you get closer.

David Kastrup
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