> It's also a shell meta-character in the shells I'm familiar with, and
> gets expanded long before grep would ever see it unless you escape it.
> Hence the question about what shell the poster is using....


sh, bash, or ksh just pass it a long literally if not matched

tcsh, csh complain if not match. The error message says the command name
-- but that is bogus -- as the command is never even ran. Really it is the
shell.
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