Jonathan Nieder <> writes:

> Junio C Hamano wrote:
> ...
>> I am a bit reluctant to name the helper "sane_echo" to declare "echo
>> that interprets backslashes in the string is insane", though.  For
>> these "print a single line" uses, we are only interested in using a
>> subset of the features offered by 'echo', but that does not mean the
>> other features we do not want to trigger in our use is of no use to
>> any sane person.
> In a portable script, uncareful use of 'echo' is always insane.

I agree that makes sense and I actually think that it is a bit
stronger than that.  If a script is meant to be portable, there is
no way to use "echo" on a string whose contents is unknown sanely.
There is no "careful use is OK".

> In a script tailored to an environment where echo behaves consistently
> it is perfectly reasonable to use 'echo', but that's a different
> story.  In the context of git, saying "Here is the thing you should
> always use instead of echo" is a good thing, in my opinion.

That is true in my opinion, but that thing is also what you should
always use instead of "printf '%s\n'".  A guideline more useful for
the users is "Here is the thing you should always use when literally
emitting a single line.", isn't it?

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