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Manual Pages  — SHELLS


shells – shell database



The shells file contains a list of the shells on the system. For each shell a single line should be present, consisting of the shell's path, relative to root.

A hash mark (``#'') indicates the beginning of a comment; subsequent characters up to the end of the line are not interpreted by the routines which search the file. Blank lines are also ignored.


  The shells file resides in /etc.




The shells file format appeared in BSD 4.3 tahoe .

SHELLS (5) June 5, 1993

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"I liken starting one's computing career with Unix, say as an undergraduate, to being born in East Africa. It is intolerably hot, your body is covered with lice and flies, you are malnourished and you suffer from numerous curable diseases. But, as far as young East Africans can tell, this is simply the natural condition and they live within it. By the time they find out differently, it is too late. They already think that the writing of shell scripts is a natural act."
— Ken Pier, Xerox PARC