I'm echoing a heredoc into a file, but the line breaks are being lost

Running this script



mkdir -p $NAME

name = "$NAME"
type = "test"

echo $FILE > $NAME/$NAME.txt

With the arg: foo, results in the file at foo/foo.txt containing

name = "foo" type = "test"

Any ideas? Thanks

  • Is it on cygwin? is your result from a text editor or a cat? in other words, could it be that the newlines are here but not shown (because of the win/linux endlines differences)? Have you tried adding "\n"s?
    – m4573r
    Dec 19, 2013 at 11:43
  • i tried putting in \n but it came through as plain text. was doing all through linux terminal Dec 19, 2013 at 11:51

1 Answer 1


Always use double quotes for variables that contain whitespace:

echo "$FILE" > ...

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