Subject: Re: Tab completion in /bin/sh
To: Richard Rauch <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/02/2005 14:54:35
In message <>, 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,