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Special Characters in Your Shell

All of these characters have special functions in the shell and need to be escaped with a backslash \& or surrounded with single quotation marks '&' if you intend to use the character itself, rather than the shell-specific meaning, on the command line. Here is the list:

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* ? & ! ~ $ ; | ' " ` ( ) [ ] < > { } \ /