What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

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Poll: Favorite Shell (17 member(s) have cast votes)

What is your favorite shell?

  1. bsh (bourne shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. bash (bourn again shell) (12 votes [70.59%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 70.59%

  3. ash (almquist shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. dash (debian almquist shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. ksh (korn shell) (1 votes [5.88%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  6. zsh ( z shell) (3 votes [17.65%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 17.65%

  7. csh (c shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. tcsh (tenex c shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. fish (freindly interactive shell) (1 votes [5.88%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  10. psh (perl shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. scsh (scheme shell) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  12. Other (please elaborate in comments) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 Gorian  Icon User is offline

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What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Post icon  Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

So, answer the poll, but try to give a reason in a reply. Also, I just took the most popular shells I could with a quick search. If your favorite shell is not listed, select other and enlighten us. I'll start.

I prefer bash, for a few reasons.

  • it is often the default shell on many linux distributions.
  • it is common. It is available on most versions of linux, bsd, and unix flavours as well, including solaris (the default shell, finally, in solaris 11), AIX, and HP-UX.
  • My only other real shell interactions have been bourne shell, and korn on AIX and HP-UX, which I didn't like too much


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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:18 PM

I voted ksh because I can vi edit right on the command line.
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

I've only been exposed to bash, so that's why I selected that option.
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Same. bash is pretty much all I've used. I've used zsh as well, but I don't have enough experience to say if it was worse or better.
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

bash cause simplicity + ubiquity.
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:43 AM

I voted for bash because is the only one I have tried and aware of...
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:46 AM

bash, same as others

View Postno2pencil, on 26 December 2012 - 07:18 PM, said:

I voted ksh because I can vi edit right on the command line.


There is a vi mode in bash if I recall correctly
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:40 AM

Bash mainly because it is simple and available on both Linux as well as OS X by default.

Edit: One can set Vi mode in bash if they want to.

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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:47 AM

Count me in for bash as well. I'm not wild about it as a scripting language, so usually I'll fail back into perl for anything complex, but as an interactive shell it's really pretty excellent.

So my question is: what's your second-favorite shell? Or maybe it would be better to ask, what shell would you be most interested in learning if you were to pick up another?


View Postanonymouscodder, on 27 December 2012 - 06:46 AM, said:

There is a vi mode in bash if I recall correctly


There is, but it's not very useful. emacs mode is actually much more powerful. So you see, even emacs is good for something! :)
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 27 December 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:

I'm not wild about it as a scripting language, so usually I'll fail back into perl for anything complex

I love Perl. Beautiful, Powerful, Versatile.

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View Postanonymouscodder, on 27 December 2012 - 06:46 AM, said:

There is a vi mode in bash if I recall correctly


There is, but it's not very useful. emacs mode is actually much more powerful.

Ok, I was liking you for a little while. That's over. I'm back to officially not liking you anymore. *grumpy face*
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:22 AM

View Postno2pencil, on 27 December 2012 - 10:02 AM, said:

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There is, but it's not very useful. emacs mode is actually much more powerful.

Ok, I was liking you for a little while. That's over. I'm back to officially not liking you anymore. *grumpy face*



It was nice while it lasted...

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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:49 AM

now kiss
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

View Postanonymouscodder, on 27 December 2012 - 10:49 AM, said:

> now kiss


I'd sooner kiss a pig.
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

I wouldn't kiss that with your mouth.
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Re: What is your favorite *nix shell? Why?

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:21 AM

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