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How do you wrap a long command to the next line within a bash script file?

As a simple example, I want to run the command "pushd . && cd /foo/bar && ls && popd"

From the console I can do this:

pushd . \
&& cd /foo/bar \
&& ls \
&& popd

And that wraps the line.

But the same code in a script file produces an error.

How do you wrap these lines to be nicely formatted?

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Works fine here. Make sure that the backslash is the very last character on the line, and that the file uses *nix line endings.

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Works fine here too, but so does removing the \'s and &&'s altogether and just leaving the commands on separate lines... –  Brian Kintz Jan 24 '11 at 11:02
    
@elmugrat: But then you lose the conditional chaining. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jan 24 '11 at 11:05
    
Ahhh true... somehow forgot about that. –  Brian Kintz Jan 24 '11 at 11:09
    
this problem was the line endings, which is due to the fact that I'm using cygwin on windows and not a different OS. Thanks. –  Jen S. Jan 24 '11 at 11:58

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