Obnoxious postings from Google Groups

Prasad, Ramit ramit.prasad at jpmorgan.com
Wed Nov 7 00:08:11 CET 2012


Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> 
> On Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:16:44 +0000, Prasad, Ramit wrote:
> 
> >> To enter the newline, I typed Ctrl-Q to tell bash to treat the next
> >> character as a literal, and then typed Ctrl-J to get a newline.
> >
> > That sounds complicated, my version of bash lets me type
> > 'foo<enter>bar'<enter> for the same effect.
> 
> Well, I learned something new about bash.
> 
> On the other hand, the Ctrl-Q next-char-is-literal trick works for
> entering control characters that otherwise don't have a key on the
> keyboard.
> 

Would you mind elaborating on how this works? I know it's not a bash
list, but I do not understand how ctrl-J is considered a literal.
Obviously, I must have a different definition of "literal". Where
can I find a list of other literals? My Google-fu is being weak
today. :(


~Ramit


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