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If a file has a line ending in it, is it truly empty?



The -n flag keeps echo from emitting a line ending.


doh! I read it as \n, but then that's for other languages, so i was just all sorts of not paying attention

I used a distro in recent memory where `echo -n foo` really produced `-n foo`.

The workaround was `printf "%s" foo`.


Ah yeah, posix doesn't require -n to do anything in particular. For most use cases, strict adherence to posix compatibility isn't important, but sometimes it really really is.



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