Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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 '\'?

share|improve this question
1  
\ 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
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 4 down vote accepted

It's called a backslash.

share|improve this answer
1  
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
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.