I had problems echoing four variables into one line. There seem to be some carriage return or new line somewhere that’s not visible.

So, here’s a line of code that will strip any new line or carriage return in the variable, and then use printf to display the variables on one line.

Strip the new lines.

efs="${efs//$'\n'/ }"
total="${total//$'\n'/ }"

Now print them using printf on one line.

printf "%-30s %-40s %-20s %-30s\n" "$efs" "$new" "$total" "$mesg"

With that code, I’m now able to format my report nicely without the extra new lines.