The Fish shell simplifies the console


Article from Issue 73/2006

The Fish shell offers some user-friendly features for command line beginners.

Most Linux newcomers (and even some Linux veterans) shudder at the thought of using the command line. Consulting the manuals for the major command line interpreters is more likely to confuse a newcomer than to help. The manpage that comes with the Bash shell has around 4000 lines, and the Zsh manual has almost 17,000.

The reason for this complexity is that these command line interpreters were not really designed with the beginning user in mind; instead, command line interpreters were created for efficiency and to facilitate streamlining and automation by skilled users.

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