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Old 10-31-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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Question Installing the Shell "pdksh" in my Ubuntu9.10

Hi ,

I have been using Windows all my life so far, except for one time 6yrs ago when I tried RedHat and Mandrake after hearing all the good things about Linux but got discouraged because I couldn't find any driver for my sound and graphics card and couldn't play games like in windows.

Well my gaming life is over, now for my University project I have to use a software (PRECIS)that only runs in Linux. So I installed Ubuntu 9.10 and it mesmerised me. Linux is wonderful!!

Now I regret for not sticking with Linux when I tried it back in those school days.


1. This software requires the Shell pdksh (and not ksh) to be present and it also mentioned that Linux usually do not have them installed by default. Now how can I verify that I have this shell installed?

2. If I dont have it installed then how may I get it installed?

3. I have managed to download the file "pdksh-5.2.14.tar" so that I can install it in case I dont have it installed. But as far as my knowledge (derived from a lot of googling) goes I need a .dev file to install a program in Ubuntu but this one is a .tar file.

I am sorry for writing this huge post but I am so excited to be a part of the Linux community that I couldn't help it.

Thanks in advance just for reading my post and of course for any help.

Old 11-01-2009, 07:59 PM   #2
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If it was installed you most likely have a file = /bin/pdksh
or just type "pdksh" at a command prompt.

Use your Distribution's software management system.

What you have is the source files ... that will be compiled.
The .deb file you are probably familiar with are binary (pre-compiled).
Try "apt-get install pdksh" ... to see if you can install the binary version.

Note: I am not an Ubunu user so I may not have the apt-get command right


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