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Old 02-18-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard or tried the dash shell?


I never heard of it until now. It stands for Debian Almquist shell.

Has anyone used it? Is it as good as bash or compatible?
 
Old 02-18-2016, 08:52 PM   #2
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It's the default shell in ubuntu, and is basically a stripped down, posixly correct bash, it also has a number of problems when used to compile from source, but as ubuntu tends to discourage that, most users wont find much of a problem, I personally dont use ubuntu except for testing in a vm, and I change the default to bash anyway.
 
Old 02-18-2016, 09:20 PM   #3
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dash shell. yeah its just another terminal emulator, nothing special, just one more to toss up on the heep of terminal emulators.

terminator or terminology is what I use... mostly

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Old 02-19-2016, 03:25 AM   #4
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dash shell. yeah its just another terminal emulator, nothing special, just one more to toss up on the heep of terminal emulators.
this is just so wrong.
a shell is not a terminal emulator.
a terminal emulator is an app that emulates a terminal, usually in a graphical environment.
the shell is what the terminal executes when started.

dash is the default shell not only on ubuntu but also on debian.
it is more limited, but much faster than e.g. bash.
other shells are zsh, ksh, ash...

to find out what your sh is, type
Code:
ls -l /bin/sh
to find out what shell your terminal is using, type
Code:
echo $0

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Old 02-19-2016, 07:06 AM   #5
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this is just so wrong.
a shell is not a terminal emulator.
a terminal emulator is an app that emulates a terminal, usually in a graphical environment.
the shell is what the terminal executes when started.

dash is the default shell not only on ubuntu but also on debian.
it is more limited, but much faster than e.g. bash.
other shells are zsh, ksh, ash...

to find out what your sh is, type
Code:
ls -l /bin/sh
to find out what shell your terminal is using, type
Code:
echo $0
but yeah you're using a terminal emulator to use the shell, the one in question is called 'dash'

so yeah it is just another terminal emulator that uses a shzyf whatever shell

Code:
chsh -s /bin/bash
now it is just another terminal emulator that uses bash shell

but if it rocks your world go with it ...

i bash btw

Learning the shell - Lesson 1: What is the shell?

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Old 02-19-2016, 02:21 PM   #6
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Thanks to all.

I'll stayed with bash as I'm more use to it.
 
Old 02-19-2016, 02:28 PM   #7
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you can if it is already install still use it for bash, just change its setting.
 
Old 02-19-2016, 02:30 PM   #8
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OK, thanks
 
Old 02-19-2016, 02:31 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by BW-userx View Post
but yeah you're using a terminal emulator to use the shell, the one in question is called 'dash'

so yeah it is just another terminal emulator that uses a shzyf whatever shell

Code:
chsh -s /bin/bash
now it is just another terminal emulator that uses bash shell

but if it rocks your world go with it ...

i bash btw

Learning the shell - Lesson 1: What is the shell?
Why do you keep bringing up terminal emulators? This thread is not about terminal emulators. The OP never mentioned any terminal emulator. He asked about dash, which is a shell, which is a completely different thing.

Terminal emulators:
gnome-terminal
konsole
xterm
etc.

Shells:
sh
zsh
csh
tcsh
bash
dash
etc.

This thread is about shells.
 
Old 02-19-2016, 02:34 PM   #10
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[*] dash-0.5.8_6                 POSIX-compliant Unix shell, much smaller than GNU bash
in one of these wm I got it pops open a termianl with dash written on .. so color me ignorate to the whole of everything

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