1. Introduction

Have you ever tried to use the echo --help command to get some help, but it just simply prints ‘–help’ literally, and similarly, that echo --version has the same result. Why it didn’t work, this article will lead us to find out more information.

2. Learn more about

This happens because you are using the echo built-in command of bash, which does not understand the --help option. The GNU echo supports a --help option, as do some others. We could use man echo command that relates to the linux man page of echo program.

To access the echo program, rather than the builtin, you can either give a path to it:

$ /bin/echo --help

or use Bash’s enable command to disable the built-in version:

$ enable -n echo
$ echo --help

Therefore, we can try it as below: