the @ character turned out to be a great pain in the wrong place. we at iit kanpur campus have a proxy authentication system for internet access. what that means is that every body is provided with a login and password that has to be entered in a browser or some other application, if one wishes to access the internet. on gnu/linux, specifically fedora the way to install software is through the use of a program called yum. i love to work from the command line. yum needs the proxy login and password to access the internet and boy did i have a tough time trying to get it to accept my password which had an `@’ character in it. the problem arose because of the following bash command
notice the @ in red ( i purposely changed the color to highlight it ) now if one has an @ in the username or the passwork then they are in for a big time surprise. basically the above command is part of a small function that i keep in my bashrc file in my home folder. i tried escaping the @ symbol backslash (\) but that did not seem to work either. ultimately i had to change my password 😦 that really sux big time.
i had the same problem trying to get wget and lynx working so currently i have changed the password but i hope i can find a fix soon.