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Using CSH & Tcsh

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If you use UNIX, you probably use csh to type commands even if you've never heard of it. It's the standard shell (command line) on most UNIX systems. tcsh is an enhanced version that's freely available and highly recommended.Using csh & tcsh describes from the beginning how to use these shells interactively. More important, it shows how to get your work done faster with less typing. Even if you've used UNIX for years, techniques described in this book can make you more ...

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Overview

If you use UNIX, you probably use csh to type commands even if you've never heard of it. It's the standard shell (command line) on most UNIX systems. tcsh is an enhanced version that's freely available and highly recommended.Using csh & tcsh describes from the beginning how to use these shells interactively. More important, it shows how to get your work done faster with less typing. Even if you've used UNIX for years, techniques described in this book can make you more efficient.You'll learn how to:

  • Make your prompt tell you where you are (no more pwd)
  • Use what you've typed before (history)
  • Type long command lines with very few keystrokes (command and filename completion)
  • Remind yourself of filenames when in the middle of typing a command
  • Edit a botched command instead of retyping it
This book does not cover programming or script writing in csh ortcsh because the tasks are better done with a different shell, such as sh (the Bourne shell) or a language like Perl.


The csh and tcsh shells are repeatedly used whey typing UNIX commands. This spiffy efficiency guide shows you how to do more with less! New habits will let you type less with techniques like reusing previously typed phrases, using aliases, ways to abbreviate file names, special characters, command substitution, etc. Appendix shows you how to get tsch 6.06 via ftp, and how to install and build tsch. There is also a quick ref for csh and tsch.

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The csh and tcsh shells are repeatedly used whey typing UNIX commands. This spiffy efficiency guide shows you how to do more with less! New habits will let you type less with techniques like reusing previously typed phrases, using aliases, ways to abbreviate file names, special characters, command substitution, etc. Appendix shows you how to get tsch 6.06 via ftp, and how to install and build tsch. There is also a quick ref for csh and tsch.
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Helps readers use the UNIX standard shell, or command interpreter, by demonstrating techniques to improve efficiency by using the shells interactively at the command line, rather than writing shell scripts. Includes a basic introduction to the C shell, details tsch's special features, and includes sections on filename and programmed completion, using commands to generate arguments, navigating the file system, and job control. Appendices offer instructions on obtaining and installing tcsh, and list electronic sources of more information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565921320
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/8/1995
  • Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

is one of the primary contributors to the MySQL Reference Manual, a renowned online manual that has supported MySQL administrators and database developers for years, now available in an attractive paper format from the O'Reilly Community Press. He is also the author of Using csh & tcsh and Software Portability with imake by O'Reilly, as well as MySQL and MySQL and Perl for the Web by New Riders.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: Learning the Basics

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: A Shell Primer

Chapter 3: Using the Shell Effectively

Part II: Becoming More Efficient

Chapter 4: The Shell Startup Files

Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Terminal

Chapter 6: Using Your Command History

Chapter 7: The tcsh Command-Line Editor

Chapter 8: Using Aliases To Create Command Shortcuts

Chapter 9: File-Naming Shortcuts

Chapter 10: Filename and Programmed Completion

Chapter 11: Quoting and Special Characters

Chapter 12: Using Commands To Generate Arguments

Chapter 13: Navigating the File System

Chapter 14: Keeping Track of Where You Are

Chapter 15: Job Control

Part III: Appendixes

Obtaining and Installing tcsh

csh and tcsh Quick Reference

Other Sources of Information

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