Subject: Usability and the default shell
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 email@example.com
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