I'm trying to run the following command in irb on a mac:

something.split('\')

This doesn't work either:
something.split("\")

However, this just causes irb not return a result and prevents irb from
being useable and I have to close it.

Any thoughts as to why this is happening?  Is this a ruby bug?

It only seems to happen with the \ only.....  This is a serious problem
because I am attempting to parse the results of a Linux command which
contains many \'s.  I have the exact same issue with:
something.delete('\')

Please help.... Thanks.

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