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Old 21st February 2012, 10:34 AM
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explanation point bash

What is the deal with explanation point in bash? I thought only dollar sign ($), the back-tick (`) and the backslash (\) were special in double quotes. Can someone please explain what is going on here? Why do I have to use single quotes or backslash the "!"?

$ vlc "/media/Part 1/stuff/bucks!395201.flv"
bash: !395201: event not found
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Old 21st February 2012, 12:20 PM
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Re: explanation point bash

! is the history expansion introducer:

only \ and ' can escape it.
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