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GNU Bash Reference Manual
by Chet Ramey and Brian Fox
Paperback (6"x9"), 180 pages
ISBN 0954161777
RRP £19.95 ($29.95)

"An essential resource .... the most detailed coverage available for all aspects of Bash" --- Linux User and Developer Magazine (Issue 37, Mar 2004) Get a printed copy>>> ANSI-C Quoting

Words of the form $'string' are treated specially. The word expands to string, with backslash-escaped characters replaced as specified by the ANSI C standard. Backslash escape sequences, if present, are decoded as follows:

alert (bell)
an escape character (not ANSI C)
form feed
carriage return
horizontal tab
vertical tab
single quote
the eight-bit character whose value is the octal value nnn (one to three digits)
the eight-bit character whose value is the hexadecimal value HH (one or two hex digits)
a control-x character

The expanded result is single-quoted, as if the dollar sign had not been present.

ISBN 0954161777GNU Bash Reference ManualSee the print edition