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Re: [tlug] Bourne / bash problem

Here's an interesting work-around that I found.  (Credit to Anon7843,

$ cat
echo \
"word1 `echo # comment line 1...> /dev/null` \
word2  `echo # comment line 2... > /dev/null` \
word3  `echo # comment line 3... > /dev/null` \
word4  `echo # comment line 4... > /dev/null` "

$ ./
word1  word2   word3   word4

James Lang
PL/X Compiler Development and Testing
IBM Toronto Software Lab

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Romeo Theriault <> wrote:

somewhere, I cannot escape the end-of line:
   a-command \
   # a comment \
   another-command  #  another comment \

Do you think there would be a way to include comments in such a situation?

According to my "Portable Shell Programming" book. These situations will not work with comments:

echo "This will not work."   \<space>
echo "This will not work."   \ # Comment
echo "This will not work."   # Comment   \

The above mentioned book is based around the borne shell (sh) but I don't think that bash changed any rules around comments.

Romeo Theriault
System Administrator
Information Technology Services

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