Comment out block of code in bash shell script
Credit goes to this post on Stack Overflow. I don't fully understand the syntax, but it works.
#!/bin/bash echo "Before commented block" : <<'END' command 1 # Doesn't get executed command 2 # Doesn't get executed END echo "After commented block"Another commenter pointed out that the string 'END' does not have a specific meaning and any string can be used. In fact, it may be advantageous to use a different string that you know won't be present in your block of code. Much to my amusement, he suggested SNURFLE_BURGERS:
: <<'SNURFLE_BURGERS' echo this is not executed SNURFLE_BURGERSI'm torn as to which naming convention to adopt.