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henry_flower ([personal profile] henry_flower) wrote2017-04-24 01:21 pm

Heads up! Shebang should be called sharp-bang!

All these years...

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:03:24 -0400
From: Doug McIlroy <doug-bJGkzYaaMJvEkZP4S/TgZg@public.gmane.org>
Newsgroups: gmane.org.unix-heritage.general
Subject: Re: Bourne shell and comments
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"Shebang". Nice coinage (which I somehow hadn't heard before).
Very much  in tune with Bell Labs, where Vic Vyssotsky had instilled
"sharp" as the name of # -- not "number", not "pound", and definitely
not "hash" -- so shell scripts began with sharp-bang.

Doug