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Espace characters need -e, wrong behaviour

From: Nico Schottelius
Subject: Espace characters need -e, wrong behaviour
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 00:23:20 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.12-2006-07-14

Configuration Information [Automatically generated, do not change]:
Machine: i486
OS: linux-gnu
Compiler: gcc
Compilation CFLAGS:  -DPROGRAM='bash' -DCONF_HOSTTYPE='i486'
-DCONF_OSTYPE='linux-gnu' -DCONF_MACHTYPE='i486-pc-linux-gnu'
-DLOCALEDIR='/usr/share/locale' -DPACKAGE='bash' -DSHELL -DHAVE_CONFIG_H
-I.  -I../bash -I../bash/include -I../bash/lib   -g -O2
uname output: Linux hydrogenium #1 PREEMPT Fri Jul
21 12:51:06 CEST 2006 i686 GNU/Linux
Machine Type: i486-pc-linux-gnu

Bash Version: 3.1
Patch Level: 17
Release Status: release

        Bash needs -e to react on escape characters.
   No other shell (afaik) does that (confirmed with dash, ksh and zsh),
   nor does posix specify that behaviour:
   Another big problem is that people tend to use -e, which will be
   by other shells and brakes the output.

   echo '\a'

   Please remove the need for -e and ignore -e for a some time, until
   it vanished from user programs.

``...if there's one thing about Linux users, they're do-ers, not whiners.''
(A quotation of Andy Patrizio I completely agree with)

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