[olug] [OLUG] Bourne or Korn

Tim & Alethea Larson thelarsons3 at cox.net
Thu Nov 4 23:37:57 UTC 2010

On 11/3/10 6:32 PM, Jason Zeisler wrote:
> I'm taking a Unix class and question came up about Bourne vs Korn shells.
> "Compare and contrast the Bourne again shell with the Korn shell.  Which
> shell would you choose to work in? "
>   I'm not asking anyone to do my homework, but I wanted to get some input
> from people in the industry. As an interested geek wannabe, I thought this
> could spark some talk here. My Unbuntu box defaults to bash and the Unix box
> at school uses ksh. I haven't really got a chance to do any scripting or to
> play around yet except for some basic things for homework assignments. What
> do you guys prefer? Do you change to a different shell for different types
> of tasks?

Bash most of the time, though ksh93 and mksh are really pretty good. 
(When stuck with ksh88 I get frustrated.)  Sometimes you have to target 
the lowest common denominator (e.g. scripting), which these days is 
often something like ash/dash.  Then you want pure Bourne.


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