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I've used -e on GNU's `echo` quite a bit as well. But FreeBSD also supports `printf` (as does Linux by the way), so it's not a great inconvenience the missing -e flag on FreeBSD's `echo`.

    $ printf "This\tis an\nexample\n"
    This    is an
You can also use the usual C-style printf parameters as well:

    $ printf "This is %-20s example\n" another
    This is another              example

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