Subject: Usability and the default shell
To: None <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/05/2006 11:55:27
I propose that we bring the behavior of /bin/sh a little closer to what
users will expect from bash or tcsh installations on other systems, by
enabling emacs-style command line editing by default.

It is easy enough for users who do not want this to turn it off (or turn
on vi-style editing) in /etc/profile.  But I propose turning it on by
default so that it works in single-user and emergency shells even if there
is no /etc/profile present.

I believe that with this change, for at least 90% of users sh will be
effectively equivalent to bash out of the box.

  Thor Lancelot Simon	                           

  "We cannot usually in social life pursue a single value or a single moral
   aim, untroubled by the need to compromise with others."      - H.L.A. Hart