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Old 12-28-2007, 09:16 PM   #1
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Is it wise to switch to zsh?

So far I've been using bash like most people do. No complaints.

However, zsh seems to have some very attractive features, and I'm thinking of adopting it as default.

  1. Is it safe to migrate to zsh? Will that place me in danger to break my system? Will all the default scripts and self-made scripts written for bash work for zsh as well? Will they need to be patched/rewritten/tweaked?
  2. Is it worth it? Is it really advantageous to migrate to zsh in the long run? Can someone share their experience in this regard?

Thanks for reading.
Old 12-28-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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Most shell scripts that you write run in bash anyway, as you normally start with the following line:
#! /bin/bash
Therefore, you can safely change to zsh and all your shell scripts will still run in bash (assuming you leave bash installed).

You can always try it out, and change back if you don't like it.

Old 12-28-2007, 10:27 PM   #3
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Thank you, IBall. zsh seems to be fun. I'll keep trying out new options.
Old 12-29-2007, 08:48 AM   #4
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Slackware assumes that the "sh" symlink points to bash. As long as you do not change that, your system would not break.



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