So if I type echo in the command line and then give a string the echo command will just echo that to the standard output of the console.
That is it that is the basic idea of what echo is for.
In some situations I might need to use the escape option so that things will render the way that they should in the console, or in any destination in which the result will ultimately end up. For example say I want to put some new lines in a string with the backslash n syntax.
So this is the only option I often find myself using now and then so I thought I would have a brief section here on this.
So to just use the Linux echo command by itself in the bash shell I type echo and then the string value that is to be piped to the standard output. There are a few options but for the most part that is all there is to the echo command in Linux.
One of the typical use case examples when making a CLI tool, or Shell Script with nodejs is to use echo to pipe some kind of test input to the standard input of a script. In my nodejs script I can just use the stdin property of the process global to attach an event handler that will do something on a per chunk bases with that input.
Fo a quick example here is a script that just converts the data that is piped in to hex.
With many of my real projects so far what is actually being piped in might be the full body of text of a blog post that is actually being piped in via another script. Also the script that I am piping into does something more than just convert that text to hex, but this is the basic idea never the less.
One of the options of the Linux echo command is the -e option that can be used to enable the processing of backslashes as a way to inject certain characters.