Sh - Escape Character

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1 - About

The escape (\) preceding a character tells the shell to interpret that character literally.

A non-quoted backslash (\) is the escape character. It preserves the literal value of the next character that follows, with the exception of <newline>.

If a \<newline> pair appears, and the backslash is not itself quoted, the \<newline> is treated as a line continuation (that is, it is removed from the input stream and effectively ignored).

Backslash-escaped characters with meaning, see Bash - Character

3 - Documentation / Reference

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