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View Poll Results: Shell of the Year
bash 1,129 89.67%
tcsh 33 2.62%
csh 7 0.56%
sh 19 1.51%
zsh 46 3.65%
korn/ksh 24 1.91%
ash 1 0.08%
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:46 AM   #46
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BASH i'm still a newbie but get on it
Old 02-16-2006, 10:21 AM   #47
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bash. First thing I started when SuSE finished installing
Old 02-16-2006, 02:39 PM   #48
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How do Bash and Zsh differ?
Old 02-16-2006, 02:59 PM   #49
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The section "Similarities to bash" talks about that and some differences.

One difference they didn't mention there:
One starts with the first 2 letters of the alphabet and the other starts with the last letter of the alphabet.

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Old 02-19-2006, 07:05 AM   #50
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bash is definitely the best
Old 02-19-2006, 11:27 PM   #51
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I use bash. I have been meaning to test drive zsh for awhile. I guess nows as good a time as any...
Old 02-26-2006, 05:17 AM   #52
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As I said earlier bash is my favourite. But there is something I think is worth mentioning.

Busybox. This small app makes things lot easier for embedded system builders, distro makers, etc. It's really worth recognition
Old 02-26-2006, 09:04 AM   #53
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I don't use a shell often enough to be very particular. I thought it would be best to stick with the shell used in all GNU/Linux distributions.

Here are a few other reasons:
  • any Linux documentation would likely be written about bash
  • any documentation I write, I would want to reach the widest audience
  • chances are that a script on my system would be written in sh, a close relative of bash, I might have a better chance of understanding what the script is doing
  • using another shell would probably hurt my puny brain
  • I like a lot of features of both csh an the korn shell; but, in practice, I found that I rarely used anything but bash

Old 02-27-2006, 02:49 AM   #54
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zsh - I thought of patching bash to add two features. I use them in zsh now - they were already there.
Old 02-28-2006, 10:41 AM   #55
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While zsh is functionally better; all of my scripts are built for bash... its simply become a matter of usage over any other consideration (although the bashmod for zsh tab completion works pretty well now.)

Old 03-01-2006, 01:40 AM   #56
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:53 AM   #57
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Bash, i've been using it for the last 4 years.
Old 03-01-2006, 03:02 AM   #58
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Got to go with the flow - bash
Old 03-01-2006, 09:03 AM   #59
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Can I use a life line and call a friend?

Bash is my final answer.
Old 03-01-2006, 09:28 AM   #60
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