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#! is always the first line of most shell scripts. How magic is it? Let’s explore.

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How to pronounce it?

#! has several different names. The most popular one is shebang. Other names include hashbang, poundbang, and hash-pling.

Who invented “#!”?

The shebang was introduced by Dennis Ritchie between Edition 7 and 8 (UNIX)at Bell…