echo "Please, enter name"
read NAME
echo "$NAME," >> MyFile$(date +%m%d%Y)
echo "done"

it will append the NAME to the file without issue, however, I want it to append the existing line in the file rather than starting a new line with each append

For example:


instead of what I have currently happeneing which is:


Try echo -n ..... It usually allows to output string without end of line mark.

echo -n "$NAME," >> MyFile$(date +%m%d%Y)
  • While echo usually works, it's not very portable. Different versions of echo use different means for suppressing the newline. A more portable solution is to use printf, e.g., printf "%s" "$NAME," >> Myfile$(date +%m%d%Y). – garyjohn Aug 20 '15 at 22:36
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    @Augamire: If this is what you wanted, then your question wasn't very clear.  Do you realize that this solution will permanently maintain your file in a state of not ending with a newline?  That might cause programs not to handle it correctly. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Aug 20 '15 at 23:32
  • @G-Man I apologize if my question is unclear. I am very new to bash. Does the next echo statement not create the ending with a newline? What would your recommendation be for a solution to the challenge I face, if not the -n option? – Augamire Aug 24 '15 at 14:20
  • What "next echo statement"?  The echo "done"?  That goes to the script's standard output (stdout); I presume that that is the terminal, or at least something other than YourFile.  The question suggests (to me) that you were looking for something like sed -i "\$s/\$/$NAME,/" "MyFile$(date +%m%d%Y)". – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Aug 24 '15 at 15:10
  • @G-Man I think I see what you are getting at. In this case, I am actually appending to an existing netgroup config where I do not want to end with a newline, as the line will be appended to frequently & a new line will, as I underdstand it, actually break the environment without other changes also being executed. – Augamire Aug 24 '15 at 15:34

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