Using CSH & Tcsh: Type Less, Accomplish More

Using CSH & Tcsh: Type Less, Accomplish More

by Paul DuBois


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Using CSH & Tcsh: Type Less, Accomplish More by Paul DuBois

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565921320
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/08/1995
Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.59(d)

About 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.

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

  • Colophon

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