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Handling shell sensitive characters in URL

Sometimes you want to request an URL from the command-line, but the URL contains characters bearing meaning in your shell.

$ curl --header Accept:application/json https://USERID:funkyPassMo|)@eksempel.dk/dostuff
-bash: syntax error near unexpected token '|'

Simply quote the URL

$ curl --header Accept:application/json \

And if your special character is a quote ", quote differently, use ' for example

$ curl --header Accept:application/json \

See also: http://wiki.bash-hackers.org/syntax/quoting