Chapter 3. Working with Your Shell


Chapter Contents

  • Discovering which shell you're using

  • Understanding shells and options

  • Changing your shell

  • Changing your shell temporarily

  • Using completion in the bash shell

  • Viewing session history in the bash shell

  • Using completion in the zsh shell

  • Viewing session history in the zsh shell

  • Using completion in the ksh shell

  • Viewing session history in the ksh shell

  • Viewing session history in the csh shell

  • Changing your identity

  • Fixing terminal settings

  • Exiting the shell

When you access a Unix system, the first thing you see is the prompt, called the shell prompt, which is where you interact with Unix. The shell determines how easily you can enter and reenter commands and how you can control your environment. What's cool about Unix is that you're not stuck with one shellthat is, on most systems you can choose to use shells that have different features and capabilities.

In this chapter, we'll look at your shell, show you how to change your shell, and get you started using a few of the more common shells.




Unix(c) Visual Quickstart Guide
UNIX, Third Edition
ISBN: 0321442458
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 251

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