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Two lines can be linked together as a unit using '\' (which is a somewhat arbitrarily chosen character). Accordingly both are parsed together. What do you call the linking character. I know that '#!' is the 'shebang' and ! is the bang, but what is the '\'?

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\ isn't very "arbitrary"; it's used as the escape character in many other places: \", \n, and so on. – grawity Nov 6 '10 at 16:32
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It's called a backslash.

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In the context that the OP is asking about, the backslash is often referred to as a "line-continuation character". – Dennis Williamson Nov 6 '10 at 18:00

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