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echo bug?

From: Randy Yates
Subject: echo bug?
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 18:33:22 -0500
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I'm not sure if the problem is echo or the bash shell. 

echo -e "123\n   456"

yields the proper spacing. However, 

text="123\n   456"
echo $text

does not. Why not?
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