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When referring to commands in tutorials, man pages, and articles I see authors use the backtick and single quote in this way:

`./configure'
`make'

I believe I have seen gcc denote points of failure during compilation with that sequence. Where does it come from and why do many people use it as a convention for commands to issue?

marked as duplicate by Michael Mrozek Aug 21 '13 at 15:53

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