Any line having an
# (ASCII 0x23) character in the first column
is a comment line.
Comment lines are quite useful to insert additional information that is not part of the database but useful otherwise.
It is also quite convenient to comment-out information from the recfile without having to remove it in a definitive way: you may want to recover the data into the database later! Comment lines can be used to comment-out both full registers and single fields:
Name: Jose E. Marchesi # Occupation: Software Engineer # Severe lack of brain capacity # Fired on 02/01/2009 (without compensation) Occupation: Unoccupied
Comments are also useful for headers, footers, comment blocks and all kind of markers:
# -*- mode: rec -*- # # TODO # # This file contains the Bugs database of GNU recutils. # # Blah blah... ... # End of TODO