Re: Backlash in the Terminal
Shell treats backslash '\' as escape character ,that means whatever you type just after the '\' character will be ignored by the shell .
In your example to make the long commandline more readable , it has been split into several lines .So the return character just typed after the '\' has been ignored and the shell awaits for further input from the user .
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