the CARAT means "The Start of a line marker"
A carat is a measure of weight used for diamonds.
A caret -- Fuzzball got it right -- is the punctuation mark in question.
For the record,
A karat is a unit of purity of gold or gold alloys.
A carrot -- which is what Dragoncrest called the punctuation mark --
is a vegetable, and rumor has it that so is Kreemy.
In grep or egrep or sed, a caret matches the start of a line. In
procmail, it matches a newline (real or putative) in the search area.
Usually we use it to match the newline at the start of a regexp that is
anchored to the beginning of a line or to the beginning of a search
area, so it ends up looking the same.
Jim Steinman wrote,
Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night I can see paradise
by the dashboard light.
and I agree fully.
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