Enter Multi-line Command on Linux

Enter Multi-line Command on Linux

The ability to input multi-line commands in a Linux environment is a valuable feature, enabling the creation of organized sequences of commands or scripts. This functionality is valuable for managing complicated tasks that need clear steps, better readability, and effective problem-solving. Breaking down a command or script into multiple lines significantly improves its manageability and clarity, simplifying navigation and modifications in the process. This tutorial shows how to enter a multi-line command on Linux.

On Linux, we can use the backslash (/) at the end of each line to indicate that the command continues on the next line.

For example, let's break down the following command into several lines:

cat /etc/hosts | grep '' | sort

The command can be divided in the following way:

cat /etc/hosts \
  | grep '' \
  | sort

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