Subject: Re: Tab completion in /bin/sh
To: Richard Rauch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 05/02/2005 14:54:35
In message <20050502175710.GA19058@olib.org>, Richard Rauch writes:
>Before people get too starry eyed over the AT&T ksh, I'd point out that
>I've had some problems when trying to settle into an AT&T ksh. I.e.,
>it's not a superset of our /bin/ksh.
More accurately, given the historical order, pdksh is not a proper
subset of the "genuine" AT&T ksh. (Dave Korn's office was within
shouting distance of mine for the better part of 20 years.)
>I don't remember the exact problems. I'd personally be unhappy about
>such a change.
>As long as I can turn tab completion off, I wouldn't object to
>tab-completion being added. (More than once, in BASH, I have
>pressed tab for some reason and found the shell seizes up for
>several seconds while building a possible completion list---a list,
>I might add, that I didn't want in the first place.)
Yah -- think NFS, floppies, etc.
--Prof. Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb