Introduction What is a shell?
Bash is the shell, or command language interpreter,
that will appear in the GNU operating system.
The name is an acronym for the `
a pun on Steve Bourne, the author of the direct ancestor of the current
which appeared in the Seventh Edition Bell Labs Research version
Bash is an
sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful
features from the Korn shell
ksh and the C shell
It is intended to be a conformant implementation of the IEEE
POSIX Shell and Tools specification (IEEE Working Group 1003.2).
It offers functional improvements over
sh for both interactive and
While the GNU operating system will include a version
csh, Bash will be the default shell.
Like other GNU software, Bash is quite portable. It currently runs
on nearly every version of Unix and a few other operating systems
independently-supported ports exist for MS-DOS, OS/2,
Windows 95, and Windows NT.