debconf-escape - helper when working with debconfs escape capability
debconf-escape -e < unescaped-text debconf-escape -u < escaped-text
When debconf has the escape capability set, it will expect commands you send it to have backslashes and newlines escaped (as \\ and \n respectively) and will in turn escape backslashes and newlines in its replies. This can be used, for example, to substitute multi-line strings into templates, or to get multi-line extended descriptions reliably using METAGET.
debconf-devel(7) (available in the debconf-doc package)
Colin Watson <email@example.com>