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Old 11-23-2003, 09:35 AM   #1
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What is Bash shell?


Can someone tell(explain) me what bash shell is?
Also,what is GNU?

thank you

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Old 11-23-2003, 09:57 AM   #2
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To put it in simple terms, bash(as well as other shells) is just a program that interprets the instructions you give to it. So basically like a translator between you and the machine(Yeah you don't need one if you can speak in binary).

As for GNU check out their website:
Old 11-23-2003, 10:00 AM   #3
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Bash is the Bourne Again SHell - the default command interpreter for Linux systems. And a scripting language.

GNU is GNU's Not Unix - the open source project to clone (and improve) proprietary Unix utilities. It was supposed to be a whole system but they proved incapable and that's why we run Linux.


Anyway - 'man bash' and '' (I think - the site won't load for me at the moment, so I can't verify the address.)

-- Oops. Scooped. Yeah - *That* one loads. *g*

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Old 11-23-2003, 10:01 AM   #4
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Linux has many different shells you can choose from. bash is just one of them and "bash" stands for Bourne Again Shell (because it is the second version of the bourne shell). The shells are what interprit the commands you give the system for the computer. They also provide job control. GNU is a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not Unix". It is a UNIX-compatible operating system using the Linux kernel developed by the Free Software Foundation. The design philosophy of GNU is to create a full-featured operating system composed of completely free software. . If you want more information a good place to find manuals and instructions is Also oreilly has many good printed books as well such as "Running Linux" which is very informative.

Old 11-23-2003, 10:29 AM   #5
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thank you so much for explaining it



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