LESSECHO(1)                General Commands Manual               LESSECHO(1)

NAME         top

       lessecho - expand metacharacters

SYNOPSIS         top

       lessecho [-ox] [-cx] [-pn] [-dn] [-mx] [-nn] [-ex] [-a] file ...

DESCRIPTION         top

       lessecho is a program that simply echos its arguments on standard
       output.  But any metacharacter in the output is preceded by an
       "escape" character, which by default is a backslash.

OPTIONS         top

       A summary of options is included below.

       -ex    Specifies "x", rather than backslash, to be the escape char
              for metachars.  If x is "-", no escape char is used and
              arguments containing metachars are surrounded by quotes

       -ox    Specifies "x", rather than double-quote, to be the open quote
              character, which is used if the -e- option is specified.

       -cx    Specifies "x" to be the close quote character.

       -pn    Specifies "n" to be the open quote character, as an integer.

       -dn    Specifies "n" to be the close quote character, as an integer.

       -mx    Specifies "x" to be a metachar.  By default, no characters are
              considered metachars.

       -nn    Specifies "n" to be a metachar, as an integer.

       -fn    Specifies "n" to be the escape char for metachars, as an

       -a     Specifies that all arguments are to be quoted.  The default is
              that only arguments containing metacharacters are quoted

SEE ALSO         top


AUTHOR         top

       This manual page was written by Thomas Schoepf <>,
       for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

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                          Version 487: 25 Oct 2016               LESSECHO(1)