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View Poll Results: Shell of the Year
ash 2 0.57%
Bourne shell 8 2.30%
bash 278 79.89%
csh 2 0.57%
fish 9 2.59%
ksh 12 3.45%
pdksh 3 0.86%
tcsh 3 0.86%
zsh 31 8.91%
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:52 AM   #16
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Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I love BASH for scripting. It has functions, arrays, traps, and all the other goodies I need to duct-tape stuff together and make my computer do unusual things without too much fuss. Escaping is a pain in the rear, but I suspect it's that way for all scripting languages...mostly because "regular" expressions don't have a particularly uniform syntax across external commands, and every external command has its own variety of syntax quirks (sed, awk, grep: I'm looking at you).

I sometimes wonder if some of the complaints about bash come as a result of it not being like whatever programming/scripting language people have spent a lot of time studying in college (or at home), or because it takes quite a lot of time to learn everything BASH can do.

I use the Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide, every time I script in BASH, and always learn something new and interesting.

Oh, and it can be used as a command-line interpreter, too. ;-)
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:00 PM   #17
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bash does all that I need and does it well...
Old 01-16-2016, 07:52 AM   #18
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ksh - but I am "old school" I suppose. And I like "vi" mode - having used vi as my editor since 1980 (or was it 79 when I stopped using /bin/ed :P)
Old 02-02-2016, 03:06 PM   #19
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Bash with fortunes.
Old 02-03-2016, 05:40 PM   #20
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Bash, it's the standard and has everything I need. I've never been a big fan of Zsh, I find it somewhat quirky.
Old 02-04-2016, 08:00 AM   #21
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bash for scripting
zsh for interactive
Old 02-06-2016, 01:20 PM   #22
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Still bash


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