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How do I comment parts of a multiline command? [duplicate]

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – In bash command line or scrip invocation, a command could run several liens long. In this case, delimiting the lines with \ is useful. What I am trying to make work is: command \ -option1 #explanation what this does -option2 #now what does this one does This doesn't work. complaining about a "missing separator". Another goal of this structure is to make this possible and easy: command \ # -option1 #explanation what this does -option2 #now what does this one does How do I make options list that has the two properties: (1) inline comment each option and (2)easily co (HowTos)