For those of us still in the
bash trenches now and then, I learned you can avoid the hassle of hash/octothorpe (#) commenting blocks of documentation in your scripts by using a standard “here” doc prefixed by the no-op expression (:).
Clearly this is something you’d only want to do for major blocks of text, like a large documentation block at the start of a script.
: <<'DOCUMENTATION' My free-form documentation here. DOCUMENTATION