Subject: Re: should we replace the shell?
To: Zdenek Salvet <>
From: Timothy Newsham <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/08/1994 11:54:09
> > But seriously folks, Ash is a perfectly good shell, and POSIX compliant,
> > or not, I'm not going to give it up, regardless of what might be shipped
> > as /bin/sh on NetBSD in the future.
> I second that.
> I think /bin/sh should be as small and fast as possible, 
> conformance and bloat-generating features be in alternative shell
> for interactive use.

The conformance should be for programming support more so than 
interactive support.  If someone writes a shell script that uses
features specified in a standard then it should run on the standard
NetBSD shell.  Isn't that what the standard is about in the first

> Zdenek Salvet