I am trying to get js-mode to highlight a "shebang" (#!/usr/bin/env node) as a comment, but my code is not working. Instead, the entire buffer is colored like a comment. I've read the documentation for modify-syntax-entry carefully but am still not getting anywhere.

I have tried these calls and several similar combinations, but without success:

(modify-syntax-entry ?# "< 1" js-mode-syntax-table)
(modify-syntax-entry ?! "< 2" js-mode-syntax-table)


(modify-syntax-entry ?# ". 1" js-mode-syntax-table)
(modify-syntax-entry ?! ". 2b" js-mode-syntax-table)


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  • This worked! Out of curiosity, what makes this correct and my attempt not? – Jackson May 4 '16 at 13:54
  • @Jackson Technically, the only thing you were missing is the b in the second line. The problem was that your comment had a beginning, but no ending. This solution works because the newline character is already set up in js-mode-syntax-table to be a comment end character for comments of type b. – nispio May 4 '16 at 15:51

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