Subject: Re: Usability and the default shell
To: None <>
From: Alan Barrett <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/06/2006 18:03:09
On Fri, 06 Oct 2006, Pavel Cahyna wrote:
> > 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.
> This idea is so good that it has been already done some time ago :-)

Depending on what you mean by default:

a) /bin/sh's built-in default is no line editing at all.
b) There is no default /etc/skel/.shrc.
c) The default /root/.shrc does "set o emacs".

I'd support changing (b), and mildly oppose changing (a).

--apb (Alan Barrett)