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CSH(1)                  FreeBSD General Commands Manual                 CSH(1)

     csh - a shell (command interpreter) with C-like syntax

     csh [-bcefimnstvVxX] [arg ...]
     csh [-l]

     The csh is a command language interpreter incorporating a history
     mechanism (see History Substitutions), job control facilities (see Jobs),
     interactive file name and user name completion (see File Name
     Completion), and a C-like syntax. It is used both as an interactive login
     shell and a shell script command processor.

   Argument list processing
     If the first argument (argument 0) to the shell is `-', then this is a
     login shell.  A login shell also can be specified by invoking the shell
     with the `-l' flag as the only argument.

     The rest of the flag arguments are interpreted as follows:

     -b     This flag forces a ``break'' from option processing, causing any
            further shell arguments to be treated as non-option arguments.
            The remaining arguments will not be interpreted as shell options.
            This may be used to pass options to a shell script without
            confusion or possible subterfuge.  The shell will not run a set-
            user ID script without this option.

     -c     Commands are read from the (single) following argument which must
            be present.  Any remaining arguments are placed in argv.

     -e     The shell exits if any invoked command terminates abnormally or
            yields a non-zero exit status.

     -f     The shell will start faster, because it will neither search for
            nor execute commands from the file .cshrc in the invoker's home

     -i     The shell is interactive and prompts for its top-level input, even
            if it appears not to be a terminal.  Shells are interactive
            without this option if their inputs and outputs are terminals.

     -l     The shell is a login shell (only applicable if -l is the only flag

     -m     The shell loads .cshrc even if it does not belong to the effective
            user.  Su(1) can pass -m to the shell.

     -n     Commands are parsed, but not executed.  This aids in syntactic
            checking of shell scripts.

     -s     Command input is taken from the standard input.

     -t     A single line of input is read and executed.  A `\' may be used to
            escape the newline at the end of this line and continue onto
            another line.

     -v     Cause the verbose variable to be set, with the effect that command
            input is echoed after history substitution.

     -x     Cause the echo variable to be set, so that commands are echoed
            immediately before execution.

     -V     Cause the verbose variable to be set even before .cshrc is

     -X     Is to -x as -V is to -v.

     After processing of flag arguments, if arguments remain but none of the
     -c, -i, -s, or -t options were given, the first argument is taken as the
     name of a file of commands to be executed.  The shell opens this file,
     and saves its name for possible resubstitution by `$0'.  Since many
     systems use either the standard version 6 or version 7 shells whose shell
     scripts are not compatible with this shell, the shell will execute such a
     `standard' shell if the first character of a script is not a `#', i.e.,
     if the script does not start with a comment.  Remaining arguments
     initialize the variable argv.

     An instance of csh begins by executing commands from the file
     /etc/csh.cshrc and, if this is a login shell, /etc/csh.login.  It then
     executes commands from .cshrc in the home directory of the invoker, and,
     if this is a login shell, the file .login in the same location.  It is
     typical for users on crt's to put the command ``stty crt'' in their
     .login file, and to also invoke tset(1) there.

     In the normal case, the shell will begin reading commands from the
     terminal, prompting with `% '.  Processing of arguments and the use of
     the shell to process files containing command scripts will be described

     The shell repeatedly performs the following actions: a line of command
     input is read and broken into words.  This sequence of words is placed on
     the command history list and parsed.  Finally each command in the current
     line is executed.

     When a login shell terminates it executes commands from the files .logout
     in the user's home directory and /etc/csh.logout.

   Lexical structure
     The shell splits input lines into words at blanks and tabs with the
     following exceptions.  The characters `&' `|' `;' `<' `>' `(' `)' form
     separate words.  If doubled in `&&', `||', `<<' or `>>' these pairs form
     single words.  These parser metacharacters may be made part of other
     words, or prevented their special meaning, by preceding them with `\'.  A
     newline preceded by a `\' is equivalent to a blank.

     Strings enclosed in matched pairs of quotations, `'', ``' or `"', form
     parts of a word; metacharacters in these strings, including blanks and
     tabs, do not form separate words.  These quotations have semantics to be
     described later.  Within pairs of `'' or `"' characters, a newline
     preceded by a `\' gives a true newline character.

     When the shell's input is not a terminal, the character `#' introduces a
     comment that continues to the end of the input line.  It is prevented
     this special meaning when preceded by `\' and in quotations using ``',
     `'', and `"'.

     A simple command is a sequence of words, the first of which specifies the
     command to be executed.  A simple command or a sequence of simple
     commands separated by `|' characters forms a pipeline.  The output of
     each command in a pipeline is connected to the input of the next.
     Sequences of pipelines may be separated by `;', and are then executed
     sequentially.  A sequence of pipelines may be executed without
     immediately waiting for it to terminate by following it with an `&'.

     Any of the above may be placed in `(' `)' to form a simple command (that
     may be a component of a pipeline, etc.).  It is also possible to separate
     pipelines with `||' or `&&' showing, as in the C language, that the
     second is to be executed only if the first fails or succeeds
     respectively. (See Expressions.)

     The shell associates a job with each pipeline.  It keeps a table of
     current jobs, printed by the jobs command, and assigns them small integer
     numbers.  When a job is started asynchronously with `&', the shell prints
     a line that looks like:

           [1] 1234

     showing that the job which was started asynchronously was job number 1
     and had one (top-level) process, whose process id was 1234.

     If you are running a job and wish to do something else you may hit the
     key ^Z (control-Z) which sends a STOP signal to the current job.  The
     shell will then normally show that the job has been `Stopped', and print
     another prompt.  You can then manipulate the state of this job, putting
     it in the background with the bg command, or run some other commands and
     eventually bring the job back into the foreground with the foreground
     command fg.  A ^Z takes effect immediately and is like an interrupt in
     that pending output and unread input are discarded when it is typed.
     There is another special key ^Y that does not generate a STOP signal
     until a program attempts to read(2) it.  This request can usefully be
     typed ahead when you have prepared some commands for a job that you wish
     to stop after it has read them.

     A job being run in the background will stop if it tries to read from the
     terminal.  Background jobs are normally allowed to produce output, but
     this can be disabled by giving the command ``stty tostop''.  If you set
     this tty option, then background jobs will stop when they try to produce
     output like they do when they try to read input.

     There are several ways to refer to jobs in the shell.  The character `%'
     introduces a job name.  If you wish to refer to job number 1, you can
     name it as `%1'.  Just naming a job brings it to the foreground; thus
     `%1' is a synonym for `fg %1', bringing job number 1 back into the
     foreground.  Similarly saying `%1 &' resumes job number 1 in the
     background.  Jobs can also be named by prefixes of the string typed in to
     start them, if these prefixes are unambiguous, thus `%ex' would normally
     restart a suspended ex(1) job, if there were only one suspended job whose
     name began with the string `ex'.  It is also possible to say `%?string'
     which specifies a job whose text contains string, if there is only one
     such job.

     The shell maintains a notion of the current and previous jobs.  In output
     about jobs, the current job is marked with a `+' and the previous job
     with a `-'.  The abbreviation `%+' refers to the current job and `%-'
     refers to the previous job.  For close analogy with the syntax of the
     history mechanism (described below), `%%' is also a synonym for the
     current job.

     The job control mechanism requires that the stty(1) option new be set. It
     is an artifact from a new implementation of the tty driver that allows
     generation of interrupt characters from the keyboard to tell jobs to
     stop.  See stty(1) for details on setting options in the new tty driver.

   Status reporting
     This shell learns immediately whenever a process changes state.  It
     normally informs you whenever a job becomes blocked so that no further
     progress is possible, but only just before it prints a prompt.  This is
     done so that it does not otherwise disturb your work.  If, however, you
     set the shell variable notify, the shell will notify you immediately of
     changes of status in background jobs.  There is also a shell command
     notify that marks a single process so that its status changes will be
     immediately reported.  By default notify marks the current process;
     simply say `notify' after starting a background job to mark it.

     When you try to leave the shell while jobs are stopped, you will be
     warned that `You have stopped jobs.'  You may use the jobs command to see
     what they are.  If you do this or immediately try to exit again, the
     shell will not warn you a second time, and the suspended jobs will be

   File Name Completion
     When the file name completion feature is enabled by setting the shell
     variable filec (see set), csh will interactively complete file names and
     user names from unique prefixes, when they are input from the terminal
     followed by the escape character (the escape key, or control-[) For
     example, if the current directory looks like

           DSC.OLD  bin      cmd      lib      xmpl.c
           DSC.NEW  chaosnet cmtest   mail     xmpl.o
           bench    class    dev      mbox     xmpl.out

     and the input is

           % vi ch<escape>

     csh will complete the prefix ``ch'' to the only matching file name
     ``chaosnet'', changing the input line to

           % vi chaosnet

     However, given

           % vi D<escape>

     csh will only expand the input to

           % vi DSC.

     and will sound the terminal bell to indicate that the expansion is
     incomplete, since there are two file names matching the prefix ``D''.

     If a partial file name is followed by the end-of-file character (usually
     control-D), then, instead of completing the name, csh will list all file
     names matching the prefix.  For example, the input

           % vi D<control-D>

     causes all files beginning with ``D'' to be listed:

           DSC.NEW   DSC.OLD

     while the input line remains unchanged.

     The same system of escape and end-of-file can also be used to expand
     partial user names, if the word to be completed (or listed) begins with
     the character ``~''.  For example, typing

           cd ~ro<escape>

     may produce the expansion

           cd ~root

     The use of the terminal bell to signal errors or multiple matches can be
     inhibited by setting the variable nobeep.

     Normally, all files in the particular directory are candidates for name
     completion.  Files with certain suffixes can be excluded from
     consideration by setting the variable fignore to the list of suffixes to
     be ignored.  Thus, if fignore is set by the command

           % set fignore = (.o .out)

     then typing

           % vi x<escape>

     would result in the completion to

           % vi xmpl.c

     ignoring the files "xmpl.o" and "xmpl.out".  However, if the only
     completion possible requires not ignoring these suffixes, then they are
     not ignored.  In addition, fignore does not affect the listing of file
     names by control-D.  All files are listed regardless of their suffixes.

     We now describe the various transformations the shell performs on the
     input in the order in which they occur.

   History substitutions
     History substitutions place words from previous command input as portions
     of new commands, making it easy to repeat commands, repeat arguments of a
     previous command in the current command, or fix spelling mistakes in the
     previous command with little typing and a high degree of confidence.
     History substitutions begin with the character `!' and may begin anywhere
     in the input stream (with the proviso that they do not nest.)  This `!'
     may be preceded by a `\' to prevent its special meaning; for convenience,
     an `!' is passed unchanged when it is followed by a blank, tab, newline,
     `=' or `('.  (History substitutions also occur when an input line begins
     with `^'.  This special abbreviation will be described later.)  Any input
     line that contains history substitution is echoed on the terminal before
     it is executed as it could have been typed without history substitution.

     Commands input from the terminal that consist of one or more words are
     saved on the history list.  The history substitutions reintroduce
     sequences of words from these saved commands into the input stream.  The
     size of the history list is controlled by the history variable; the
     previous command is always retained, regardless of the value of the
     history variable.  Commands are numbered sequentially from 1.

     For definiteness, consider the following output from the history command:

            9  write michael
           10  ex write.c
           11  cat oldwrite.c
           12  diff *write.c

     The commands are shown with their event numbers.  It is not usually
     necessary to use event numbers, but the current event number can be made
     part of the prompt by placing an `!' in the prompt string.

     With the current event 13 we can refer to previous events by event number
     `!11', relatively as in `!-2' (referring to the same event), by a prefix
     of a command word as in `!d' for event 12 or `!wri' for event 9, or by a
     string contained in a word in the command as in `!?mic?' also referring
     to event 9.  These forms, without further change, simply reintroduce the
     words of the specified events, each separated by a single blank.  As a
     special case, `!!' refers to the previous command; thus `!!' alone is a

     To select words from an event we can follow the event specification by a
     `:' and a designator for the desired words.  The words of an input line
     are numbered from 0, the first (usually command) word being 0, the second
     word (first argument) being 1, etc.  The basic word designators are:

           0       first (command) word
           n       n'th argument
           ^       first argument,  i.e., `1'
           $       last argument
           %       word matched by (immediately preceding) ?s? search
           x-y     range of words
           -y      abbreviates `0-y'
           *       abbreviates `^-$', or nothing if only 1 word in event
           x*      abbreviates `x-$'
           x-      like `x*' but omitting word `$'

     The `:' separating the event specification from the word designator can
     be omitted if the argument selector begins with a `^', `$', `*' `-' or
     `%'.  After the optional word designator can be placed a sequence of
     modifiers, each preceded by a `:'.  The following modifiers are defined:

           h       Remove a trailing pathname component, leaving the head.
           r       Remove a trailing `.xxx' component, leaving the root name.
           e       Remove all but the extension `.xxx' part.
           s/l/r/  Substitute l for r
           t       Remove all leading pathname components, leaving the tail.
           &       Repeat the previous substitution.
           g       Apply the change once on each word, prefixing the above,
                   e.g., `g&'.
           a       Apply the change as many times as possible on a single
                   word, prefixing the above. It can be used together with `g'
                   to apply a substitution globally.
           p       Print the new command line but do not execute it.
           q       Quote the substituted words, preventing further
           x       Like q, but break into words at blanks, tabs and newlines.

     Unless preceded by a `g' the change is applied only to the first
     modifiable word.  With substitutions, it is an error for no word to be

     The left hand side of substitutions are not regular expressions in the
     sense of the editors, but instead strings.  Any character may be used as
     the delimiter in place of `/'; a `\' quotes the delimiter into the l
     and r   strings.  The character `&' in the right hand side is replaced by
     the text from the left.  A `\' also quotes `&'.  A null l (`//') uses the
     previous string either from an l or from a contextual scan string s in
     `!?s\?'.  The trailing delimiter in the substitution may be omitted if a
     newline follows immediately as may the trailing `?' in a contextual scan.

     A history reference may be given without an event specification, e.g.,
     `!$'.  Here, the reference is to the previous command unless a previous
     history reference occurred on the same line in which case this form
     repeats the previous reference.  Thus `!?foo?^ !$' gives the first and
     last arguments from the command matching `?foo?'.

     A special abbreviation of a history reference occurs when the first non-
     blank character of an input line is a `^'.  This is equivalent to `!:s^'
     providing a convenient shorthand for substitutions on the text of the
     previous line.  Thus `^lb^lib' fixes the spelling of `lib' in the
     previous command.  Finally, a history substitution may be surrounded with
     `{' and `}' if necessary to insulate it from the characters that follow.
     Thus, after `ls -ld ~paul' we might do `!{l}a' to do `ls -ld ~paula',
     while `!la' would look for a command starting with `la'.

   Quotations with ' and "
     The quotation of strings by `'' and `"' can be used to prevent all or
     some of the remaining substitutions.  Strings enclosed in `'' are
     prevented any further interpretation.  Strings enclosed in `"' may be
     expanded as described below.

     In both cases the resulting text becomes (all or part of) a single word;
     only in one special case (see Command Substitution below) does a `"'
     quoted string yield parts of more than one word; `'' quoted strings never

   Alias substitution
     The shell maintains a list of aliases that can be established, displayed
     and modified by the alias and unalias commands.  After a command line is
     scanned, it is parsed into distinct commands and the first word of each
     command, left-to-right, is checked to see if it has an alias.  If it
     does, then the text that is the alias for that command is reread with the
     history mechanism available as though that command were the previous
     input line.  The resulting words replace the command and argument list.
     If no reference is made to the history list, then the argument list is
     left unchanged.

     Thus if the alias for `ls' is `ls -l' the command `ls /usr' would map to
     `ls -l /usr', the argument list here being undisturbed.  Similarly if the
     alias for `lookup' was `grep !^ /etc/passwd' then `lookup bill' would map
     to `grep bill /etc/passwd'.

     If an alias is found, the word transformation of the input text is
     performed and the aliasing process begins again on the reformed input
     line.  Looping is prevented if the first word of the new text is the same
     as the old by flagging it to prevent further aliasing.  Other loops are
     detected and cause an error.

     Note that the mechanism allows aliases to introduce parser metasyntax.
     Thus, we can `alias print 'pr \!* | lpr'' to make a command that pr's its
     arguments to the line printer.

   Variable substitution
     The shell maintains a set of variables, each of which has as value a list
     of zero or more words.  Some of these variables are set by the shell or
     referred to by it.  For instance, the argv variable is an image of the
     shell's argument list, and words of this variable's value are referred to
     in special ways.

     The values of variables may be displayed and changed by using the set and
     unset commands.  Of the variables referred to by the shell a number are
     toggles; the shell does not care what their value is, only whether they
     are set or not.  For instance, the verbose variable is a toggle that
     causes command input to be echoed.  The setting of this variable results
     from the -v command line option.

     Other operations treat variables numerically.  The `@' command permits
     numeric calculations to be performed and the result assigned to a
     variable.  Variable values are, however, always represented as (zero or
     more) strings.  For the purposes of numeric operations, the null string
     is considered to be zero, and the second and additional words of
     multiword values are ignored.

     After the input line is aliased and parsed, and before each command is
     executed, variable substitution is performed keyed by `$' characters.
     This expansion can be prevented by preceding the `$' with a `\' except
     within `"'s where it always occurs, and within `''s where it never
     occurs.  Strings quoted by ``' are interpreted later (see Command
     substitution below) so `$' substitution does not occur there until later,
     if at all.  A `$' is passed unchanged if followed by a blank, tab, or

     Input/output redirections are recognized before variable expansion, and
     are variable expanded separately.  Otherwise, the command name and entire
     argument list are expanded together.  It is thus possible for the first
     (command) word (to this point) to generate more than one word, the first
     of which becomes the command name, and the rest of which become

     Unless enclosed in `"' or given the `:q' modifier the results of variable
     substitution may eventually be command and filename substituted.  Within
     `"', a variable whose value consists of multiple words expands to a
     (portion of) a single word, with the words of the variables value
     separated by blanks.  When the `:q' modifier is applied to a substitution
     the variable will expand to multiple words with each word separated by a
     blank and quoted to prevent later command or filename substitution.

     The following metasequences are provided for introducing variable values
     into the shell input.  Except as noted, it is an error to reference a
     variable that is not set.

                   Are replaced by the words of the value of variable name,
                   each separated by a blank.  Braces insulate name from
                   following characters that would otherwise be part of it.
                   Shell variables have names consisting of up to 20 letters
                   and digits starting with a letter.  The underscore
                   character is considered a letter.  If name is not a shell
                   variable, but is set in the environment, then that value is
                   returned (but csh: modifiers and the other forms given
                   below are not available here).
           ${name[selector] }
                   May be used to select only some of the words from the value
                   of name.  The selector is subjected to `$' substitution and
                   may consist of a single number or two numbers separated by
                   a `-'.  The first word of a variables value is numbered
                   `1'.  If the first number of a range is omitted it defaults
                   to `1'.  If the last number of a range is omitted it
                   defaults to `$#name'.  The selector `*' selects all words.
                   It is not an error for a range to be empty if the second
                   argument is omitted or in range.
                   Give the number of words in the variable.  This is useful
                   for later use in a `$argv[selector]'.
           $0      Substitute the name of the file from which command input is
                   being read.  An error occurs if the name is not known.
                   Equivalent to `$argv[number]'.
           $*      Equivalent to `$argv[*]'.  The modifiers `:e', `:h', `:t',
                   `:r', `:q' and `:x' may be applied to the substitutions
                   above as may `:gh', `:gt' and `:gr'.  If braces `{' '}'
                   appear in the command form then the modifiers must appear
                   within the braces.  The current implementation allows only
                   one `:' modifier on each `$' expansion.

     The following substitutions may not be modified with `:' modifiers.
                   Substitute the string `1' if name is set, `0' if it is not.
           $?0     Substitute `1' if the current input filename is known, `0'
                   if it is not.
           $$      Substitute the (decimal) process number of the (parent)
           $!      Substitute the (decimal) process number of the last
                   background process started by this shell.
           $<      Substitute a line from the standard input, with no further
                   interpretation.  It can be used to read from the keyboard
                   in a shell script.

   Command and filename substitution
     The remaining substitutions, command and filename substitution, are
     applied selectively to the arguments of builtin commands.  By
     selectively, we mean that portions of expressions which are not evaluated
     are not subjected to these expansions.  For commands that are not
     internal to the shell, the command name is substituted separately from
     the argument list.  This occurs very late, after input-output redirection
     is performed, and in a child of the main shell.

   Command substitution
     Command substitution is shown by a command enclosed in ``'.  The output
     from such a command is normally broken into separate words at blanks,
     tabs and newlines, with null words being discarded; this text then
     replaces the original string.  Within `"'s, only newlines force new
     words; blanks and tabs are preserved.

     In any case, the single final newline does not force a new word.  Note
     that it is thus possible for a command substitution to yield only part of
     a word, even if the command outputs a complete line.

   Filename substitution
     If a word contains any of the characters `*', `?', `[' or `{' or begins
     with the character `~', then that word is a candidate for filename
     substitution, also known as `globbing'.  This word is then regarded as a
     pattern, and replaced with an alphabetically sorted list of file names
     that match the pattern.  In a list of words specifying filename
     substitution it is an error for no pattern to match an existing file
     name, but it is not required for each pattern to match.  Only the
     metacharacters `*', `?' and `[' imply pattern matching, the characters
     `~' and `{' being more akin to abbreviations.

     In matching filenames, the character `.' at the beginning of a filename
     or immediately following a `/', as well as the character `/' must be
     matched explicitly.  The character `*' matches any string of characters,
     including the null string.  The character `?' matches any single
     character.  The sequence `[...]' matches any one of the characters
     enclosed.  Within `[...]', a pair of characters separated by `-' matches
     any character lexically between the two (inclusive).

     The character `~' at the beginning of a filename refers to home
     directories.  Standing alone, i.e., `~' it expands to the invokers home
     directory as reflected in the value of the variable home.  When followed
     by a name consisting of letters, digits and `-' characters, the shell
     searches for a user with that name and substitutes their home directory;
     thus `~ken' might expand to `/usr/ken' and `~ken/chmach' to
     `/usr/ken/chmach'.  If the character `~' is followed by a character other
     than a letter or `/' or does not appear at the beginning of a word, it is
     left undisturbed.

     The metanotation `a{b,c,d}e' is a shorthand for `abe ace ade'.  Left to
     right order is preserved, with results of matches being sorted separately
     at a low level to preserve this order.  This construct may be nested.
     Thus, `~source/s1/{oldls,ls}.c' expands to `/usr/source/s1/oldls.c
     /usr/source/s1/ls.c' without chance of error if the home directory for
     `source' is `/usr/source'.  Similarly `../{memo,*box}' might expand to
     `../memo ../box ../mbox'.  (Note that `memo' was not sorted with the
     results of the match to `*box'.)  As a special case `{', `}' and `{}' are
     passed undisturbed.

     The standard input and the standard output of a command may be redirected
     with the following syntax:

           < name  Open file name (which is first variable, command and
                   filename expanded) as the standard input.
           << word
                   Read the shell input up to a line that is identical to
                   word.  Word is not subjected to variable, filename or
                   command substitution, and each input line is compared to
                   word before any substitutions are done on the input line.
                   Unless a quoting `\', `"', `'' or ``' appears in word,
                   variable and command substitution is performed on the
                   intervening lines, allowing `\' to quote `$', `\' and ``'.
                   Commands that are substituted have all blanks, tabs, and
                   newlines preserved, except for the final newline which is
                   dropped.  The resultant text is placed in an anonymous
                   temporary file that is given to the command as its standard
           > name
           >! name
           >& name
           >&! name
                   The file name is used as the standard output.  If the file
                   does not exist then it is created; if the file exists, it
                   is truncated; its previous contents are lost.

                   If the variable noclobber is set, then the file must not
                   exist or be a character special file (e.g., a terminal or
                   `/dev/null') or an error results.  This helps prevent
                   accidental destruction of files.  Here, the `!' forms can
                   be used to suppress this check.

                   The forms involving `&' route the standard error output
                   into the specified file as well as the standard output.
                   Name is expanded in the same way as `<' input filenames
           >> name
           >>& name
           >>! name
           >>&! name
                   Use file name as the standard output; like `>' but places
                   output at the end of the file.  If the variable noclobber
                   is set, then it is an error for the file not to exist
                   unless one of the `!' forms is given.  Otherwise similar to

     A command receives the environment in which the shell was invoked as
     modified by the input-output parameters and the presence of the command
     in a pipeline.  Thus, unlike some previous shells, commands run from a
     file of shell commands have no access to the text of the commands by
     default; instead they receive the original standard input of the shell.
     The `<<' mechanism should be used to present inline data.  This permits
     shell command scripts to function as components of pipelines and allows
     the shell to block read its input.  Note that the default standard input
     for a command run detached is not modified to be the empty file
     /dev/null; instead the standard input remains as the original standard
     input of the shell.  If this is a terminal and if the process attempts to
     read from the terminal, then the process will block and the user will be
     notified (see Jobs above).

     The standard error output may be directed through a pipe with the
     standard output.  Simply use the form `|&' instead of just `|'.

     Several of the builtin commands (to be described later) take expressions,
     in which the operators are similar to those of C, with the same
     precedence.  These expressions appear in the @, exit, if, and while
     commands.  The following operators are available:

           ||  &&  | ^  &  ==  !=  =~  !~  <=  >= <  > <<  >>  +  -  *  /  %
           !  ~  (  )

     Here the precedence increases to the right, `==' `!=' `=~' and `!~', `<='
     `>=' `<' and `>', `<<' and `>>', `+' and `-', `*' `/' and `%' being, in
     groups, at the same level.  The `==' `!=' `=~' and `!~' operators compare
     their arguments as strings; all others operate on numbers.  The operators
     `=~' and `!~' are like `!=' and `==' except that the right hand side is a
     pattern (containing, e.g., `*'s, `?'s and instances of `[...]') against
     which the left hand operand is matched.  This reduces the need for use of
     the switch statement in shell scripts when all that is really needed is
     pattern matching.

     Strings that begin with `0' are considered octal numbers.  Null or
     missing arguments are considered `0'.  The result of all expressions are
     strings, which represent decimal numbers.  It is important to note that
     no two components of an expression can appear in the same word; except
     when adjacent to components of expressions that are syntactically
     significant to the parser (`&' `|' `<' `>' `(' `)'), they should be
     surrounded by spaces.

     Also available in expressions as primitive operands are command
     executions enclosed in `{' and `}' and file enquiries of the form -l name
     where l is one of:

           r       read access
           w       write access
           x       execute access
           e       existence
           o       ownership
           z       zero size
           f       plain file
           d       directory

     The specified name is command and filename expanded and then tested to
     see if it has the specified relationship to the real user.  If the file
     does not exist or is inaccessible then all enquiries return false, i.e.,
     `0'.  Command executions succeed, returning true, i.e., `1', if the
     command exits with status 0, otherwise they fail, returning false, i.e.,
     `0'.  If more detailed status information is required then the command
     should be executed outside an expression and the variable status

   Control flow
     The shell contains several commands that can be used to regulate the flow
     of control in command files (shell scripts) and (in limited but useful
     ways) from terminal input.  These commands all operate by forcing the
     shell to reread or skip in its input and, because of the implementation,
     restrict the placement of some of the commands.

     The foreach, switch, and while statements, as well as the if-then-else
     form of the if statement require that the major keywords appear in a
     single simple command on an input line as shown below.

     If the shell's input is not seekable, the shell buffers up input whenever
     a loop is being read and performs seeks in this internal buffer to
     accomplish the rereading implied by the loop.  (To the extent that this
     allows, backward goto's will succeed on non-seekable inputs.)

   Builtin commands
     Builtin commands are executed within the shell.  If a builtin command
     occurs as any component of a pipeline except the last then it is executed
     in a subshell.

           alias name
           alias name wordlist
                   The first form prints all aliases.  The second form prints
                   the alias for name.  The final form assigns the specified
                   wordlist as the alias of name; wordlist is command and
                   filename substituted.  Name is not allowed to be alias or

           alloc   Show the amount of dynamic memory acquired, broken down
                   into used and free memory.  With an argument shows the
                   number of free and used blocks in each size category.  The
                   categories start at size 8 and double at each step.  This
                   command's output may vary across system types, since
                   systems other than the VAX may use a different memory

           bg %job ...
                   Put the current or specified jobs into the background,
                   continuing them if they were stopped.

           break   Cause execution to resume after the end of the nearest
                   enclosing foreach or while.  The remaining commands on the
                   current line are executed.  Multi-level breaks are thus
                   possible by writing them all on one line.

                   Cause a break from a switch, resuming after the endsw.

           case label:
                   A label in a switch statement as discussed below.

           cd name
           chdir name
                   Change the shell's working directory to directory name.  If
                   no argument is given then change to the home directory of
                   the user.  If name is not found as a subdirectory of the
                   current directory (and does not begin with `/', `./' or
                   `../'), then each component of the variable cdpath is
                   checked to see if it has a subdirectory name.  Finally, if
                   all else fails but name is a shell variable whose value
                   begins with `/', then this is tried to see if it is a

                   Continue execution of the nearest enclosing while or
                   foreach.  The rest of the commands on the current line are

                   Label the default case in a switch statement.  The default
                   should come after all case labels.

           dirs    Print the directory stack; the top of the stack is at the
                   left, the first directory in the stack being the current

           echo wordlist
           echo -n wordlist
                   The specified words are written to the shell's standard
                   output, separated by spaces, and terminated with a newline
                   unless the -n option is specified.

           endsw   See the description of the foreach, if, switch, and while
                   statements below.

           eval arg ...
                   (As in sh(1).) The arguments are read as input to the shell
                   and the resulting command(s) executed in the context of the
                   current shell.  This is usually used to execute commands
                   generated as the result of command or variable
                   substitution, since parsing occurs before these
                   substitutions.  See tset(1) for an example of using eval.

           exec command
                   The specified command is executed in place of the current

           exit (expr)
                   The shell exits either with the value of the status
                   variable (first form) or with the value of the specified
                   expr (second form).

           fg %job ...
                   Bring the current or specified jobs into the foreground,
                   continuing them if they were stopped.

           foreach name (wordlist)
           end     The variable name is successively set to each member of
                   wordlist and the sequence of commands between this command
                   and the matching end are executed.  (Both foreach and end
                   must appear alone on separate lines.)  The builtin command
                   continue may be used to continue the loop prematurely and
                   the builtin command break to terminate it prematurely.
                   When this command is read from the terminal, the loop is
                   read once prompting with `?' before any statements in the
                   loop are executed.  If you make a mistake typing in a loop
                   at the terminal you can rub it out.

           glob wordlist
                   Like echo but no `\' escapes are recognized and words are
                   delimited by null characters in the output.  Useful for
                   programs that wish to use the shell to filename expand a
                   list of words.

           goto word
                   The specified word is filename and command expanded to
                   yield a string of the form `label'.  The shell rewinds its
                   input as much as possible and searches for a line of the
                   form `label:' possibly preceded by blanks or tabs.
                   Execution continues after the specified line.

                   Print a statistics line showing how effective the internal
                   hash table has been at locating commands (and avoiding
                   exec's).  An exec is attempted for each component of the
                   path where the hash function indicates a possible hit, and
                   in each component that does not begin with a `/'.

           history n
           history -r n
           history -h n
                   Display the history event list; if n is given only the n
                   most recent events are printed.  The -r option reverses the
                   order of printout to be most recent first instead of oldest
                   first.  The -h option causes the history list to be printed
                   without leading numbers.  This format produces files
                   suitable for sourcing using the -h option to source.

           if (expr) command
                   If the specified expression evaluates true, then the single
                   command with arguments is executed.  Variable substitution
                   on command happens early, at the same time it does for the
                   rest of the if command.  Command must be a simple command,
                   not a pipeline, a command list, or a parenthesized command
                   list.  Input/output redirection occurs even if expr is
                   false, i.e., when command is not executed (this is a bug).

           if (expr) then
           else if (expr2) then
           endif   If the specified expr is true then the commands up to the
                   first else are executed; otherwise if expr2 is true then
                   the commands up to the second else are executed, etc.  Any
                   number of else-if pairs are possible; only one endif is
                   needed.  The else part is likewise optional.  (The words
                   else and endif must appear at the beginning of input lines;
                   the if must appear alone on its input line or after an

           jobs -l
                   List the active jobs; the -l option lists process id's in
                   addition to the normal information.

           kill %job
           kill pid
           kill -sig pid ...
           kill -l
                   Send either the TERM (terminate) signal or the specified
                   signal to the specified jobs or processes.  Signals are
                   either given by number or by names (as given in
                   /usr/include/signal.h, stripped of the prefix ``SIG'').
                   The signal names are listed by ``kill -l''.  There is no
                   default, just saying `kill' does not send a signal to the
                   current job.  If the signal being sent is TERM (terminate)
                   or HUP (hangup), then the job or process will be sent a
                   CONT (continue) signal as well.

           limit resource
           limit resource maximum-use
           limit -h
           limit -h resource
           limit -h resource maximum-use
                   Limit the consumption by the current process and each
                   process it creates to not individually exceed maximum-use
                   on the specified resource.  If no maximum-use is given,
                   then the current limit is printed; if no resource is given,
                   then all limitations are given.  If the -h flag is given,
                   the hard limits are used instead of the current limits.
                   The hard limits impose a ceiling on the values of the
                   current limits.  Only the super-user may raise the hard
                   limits, but a user may lower or raise the current limits
                   within the legal range.

                   Resources controllable currently include cputime (the
                   maximum number of cpu-seconds to be used by each process),
                   filesize (the largest single file that can be created),
                   datasize (the maximum growth of the data+stack region via
                   sbrk(2) beyond the end of the program text), stacksize (the
                   maximum size of the automatically-extended stack region),
                   and coredumpsize (the size of the largest core dump that
                   will be created).

                   The maximum-use may be given as a (floating point or
                   integer) number followed by a scale factor.  For all limits
                   other than cputime the default scale is `k' or `kilobytes'
                   (1024 bytes); a scale factor of `m' or `megabytes' may also
                   be used.  For cputime the default scale is `seconds'; a
                   scale factor of `m' for minutes or `h' for hours, or a time
                   of the form `mm:ss' giving minutes and seconds also may be

                   For both resource names and scale factors, unambiguous
                   prefixes of the names suffice.

           login   Terminate a login shell, replacing it with an instance of
                   /usr/bin/login.  This is one way to log off, included for
                   compatibility with sh(1).

           logout  Terminate a login shell.  Especially useful if ignoreeof is

           nice +number
           nice command
           nice +number command
                   The first form sets the scheduling priority for this shell
                   to 4.  The second form sets the priority to the given
                   number.  The final two forms run command at priority 4 and
                   number respectively.  The greater the number, the less cpu
                   the process will get.  The super-user may specify negative
                   priority by using `nice -number ...'.  Command is always
                   executed in a sub-shell, and the restrictions placed on
                   commands in simple if statements apply.

           nohup command
                   The first form can be used in shell scripts to cause
                   hangups to be ignored for the remainder of the script.  The
                   second form causes the specified command to be run with
                   hangups ignored.  All processes detached with `&' are
                   effectively nohup'ed.

           notify %job ...
                   Cause the shell to notify the user asynchronously when the
                   status of the current or specified jobs change; normally
                   notification is presented before a prompt.  This is
                   automatic if the shell variable notify is set.

           onintr -
           onintr label
                   Control the action of the shell on interrupts.  The first
                   form restores the default action of the shell on interrupts
                   which is to terminate shell scripts or to return to the
                   terminal command input level.  The second form `onintr -'
                   causes all interrupts to be ignored.  The final form causes
                   the shell to execute a `goto label' when an interrupt is
                   received or a child process terminates because it was

                   In any case, if the shell is running detached and
                   interrupts are being ignored, all forms of onintr have no
                   meaning and interrupts continue to be ignored by the shell
                   and all invoked commands.  Finally onintr statements are
                   ignored in the system startup files where interrupts are
                   disabled (/etc/csh.cshrc, /etc/csh.login).

           popd +n
                   Pop the directory stack, returning to the new top
                   directory.  With an argument `+ n' discards the n'th entry
                   in the stack.  The members of the directory stack are
                   numbered from the top starting at 0.

           pushd name
           pushd n
                   With no arguments, pushd exchanges the top two elements of
                   the directory stack.  Given a name argument, pushd changes
                   to the new directory (ala cd) and pushes the old current
                   working directory (as in csw) onto the directory stack.
                   With a numeric argument, pushd rotates the n'th argument of
                   the directory stack around to be the top element and
                   changes to it.  The members of the directory stack are
                   numbered from the top starting at 0.

           rehash  Cause the internal hash table of the contents of the
                   directories in the path variable to be recomputed.  This is
                   needed if new commands are added to directories in the path
                   while you are logged in.  This should only be necessary if
                   you add commands to one of your own directories, or if a
                   systems programmer changes the contents of a system

           repeat count command
                   The specified command which is subject to the same
                   restrictions as the command in the one line if statement
                   above, is executed count times.  I/O redirections occur
                   exactly once, even if count is 0.

           set name
           set name=word
           set name[index]=word
           set name=(wordlist)
                   The first form of the command shows the value of all shell
                   variables.  Variables that have other than a single word as
                   their value print as a parenthesized word list.  The second
                   form sets name to the null string.  The third form sets
                   name to the single word.  The fourth form sets the index'th
                   component of name to word; this component must already
                   exist.  The final form sets name to the list of words in
                   wordlist.  The value is always command and filename

                   These arguments may be repeated to set multiple values in a
                   single set command.  Note however, that variable expansion
                   happens for all arguments before any setting occurs.

           setenv name
           setenv name value
                   The first form lists all current environment variables.  It
                   is equivalent to printenv(1).  The last form sets the value
                   of environment variable name to be value, a single string.
                   The second form sets name to an empty string.  The most
                   commonly used environment variables USER, TERM, and PATH
                   are automatically imported to and exported from the csh
                   variables user, term, and path; there is no need to use
                   setenv for these.

           shift variable
                   The members of argv are shifted to the left, discarding
                   argv[1].  It is an error for argv not to be set or to have
                   less than one word as value.  The second form performs the
                   same function on the specified variable.

           source name
           source -h name
                   The shell reads commands from name.  Source commands may be
                   nested; if they are nested too deeply the shell may run out
                   of file descriptors.  An error in a source at any level
                   terminates all nested source commands.  Normally input
                   during source commands is not placed on the history list;
                   the -h option causes the commands to be placed on the
                   history list without being executed.

           stop %job ...
                   Stop the current or specified jobs that are executing in
                   the background.

                   Cause the shell to stop in its tracks, much as if it had
                   been sent a stop signal with ^Z.  This is most often used
                   to stop shells started by su(1).

           switch (string)
           case str1:
           endsw   Each case label is successively matched against the
                   specified string which is first command and filename
                   expanded.  The file metacharacters `*', `?' and `[...]' may
                   be used in the case labels, which are variable expanded.
                   If none of the labels match before the `default' label is
                   found, then the execution begins after the default label.
                   Each case label and the default label must appear at the
                   beginning of a line.  The command breaksw causes execution
                   to continue after the endsw.  Otherwise control may fall
                   through case labels and the default label as in C.  If no
                   label matches and there is no default, execution continues
                   after the endsw.

           time command
                   With no argument, a summary of time used by this shell and
                   its children is printed.  If arguments are given the
                   specified simple command is timed and a time summary as
                   described under the time variable is printed.  If
                   necessary, an extra shell is created to print the time
                   statistic when the command completes.

           umask value
                   The file creation mask is displayed (first form) or set to
                   the specified value (second form).  The mask is given in
                   octal.  Common values for the mask are 002 giving all
                   access to the group and read and execute access to others
                   or 022 giving all access except write access for users in
                   the group or others.

           unalias pattern
                   All aliases whose names match the specified pattern are
                   discarded.  Thus all aliases are removed by `unalias *'.
                   It is not an error for nothing to be unaliased.

           unhash  Use of the internal hash table to speed location of
                   executed programs is disabled.

           unlimit resource
           unlimit -h
           unlimit -h resource
                   Remove the limitation on resource.  If no resource is
                   specified, then all resource limitations are removed.  If
                   -h is given, the corresponding hard limits are removed.
                   Only the super-user may do this.

           unset pattern
                   All variables whose names match the specified pattern are
                   removed.  Thus all variables are removed by `unset *'; this
                   has noticeably distasteful side-effects.  It is not an
                   error for nothing to be unset.

           unsetenv pattern
                   Remove all variables whose name match the specified pattern
                   from the environment.  See also the setenv command above
                   and printenv(1).

           wait    Wait for all background jobs.  If the shell is interactive,
                   then an interrupt can disrupt the wait.  After the
                   interrupt, the shell prints names and job numbers of all
                   jobs known to be outstanding.
           which command
                   Display the resolved command that will be executed by the

           while (expr)
           end     While the specified expression evaluates non-zero, the
                   commands between the while and the matching end are
                   evaluated.  Break and continue may be used to terminate or
                   continue the loop prematurely.  (The while and end must
                   appear alone on their input lines.)  Prompting occurs here
                   the first time through the loop as for the foreach
                   statement if the input is a terminal.

           %job    Bring the specified job into the foreground.

           %job &  Continue the specified job in the background.

           @ name=expr
           @ name[index]=expr
                   The first form prints the values of all the shell
                   variables.  The second form sets the specified name to the
                   value of expr.  If the expression contains `<', `>', `&' or
                   `|' then at least this part of the expression must be
                   placed within `(' `)'.  The third form assigns the value of
                   expr to the index'th argument of name.  Both name and its
                   index'th component must already exist.

     The operators `*=', `+=', etc are available as in C.  The space
     separating the name from the assignment operator is optional.  Spaces
     are, however, mandatory in separating components of expr which would
     otherwise be single words.

     Special postfix `++' and `--' operators increment and decrement name
     respectively, i.e., `@  i++'.

   Pre-defined and environment variables
     The following variables have special meaning to the shell.  Of these,
     argv, cwd, home, path, prompt, shell and status are always set by the
     shell.  Except for cwd and status, this setting occurs only at
     initialization; these variables will not then be modified unless done
     explicitly by the user.

     The shell copies the environment variable USER into the variable user,
     TERM into term, and HOME into home, and copies these back into the
     environment whenever the normal shell variables are reset.  The
     environment variable PATH is likewise handled; it is not necessary to
     worry about its setting other than in the file .cshrc as inferior csh
     processes will import the definition of path from the environment, and
     re-export it if you then change it.

     argv       Set to the arguments to the shell, it is from this variable
                that positional parameters are substituted, i.e., `$1' is
                replaced by `$argv[1]', etc.

     cdpath     Give a list of alternate directories searched to find
                subdirectories in chdir commands.

     cwd        The full pathname of the current directory.

     echo       Set when the -x command line option is given.  Causes each
                command and its arguments to be echoed just before it is
                executed.  For non-builtin commands all expansions occur
                before echoing.  Builtin commands are echoed before command
                and filename substitution, since these substitutions are then
                done selectively.

     filec      Enable file name completion.

     histchars  Can be given a string value to change the characters used in
                history substitution.  The first character of its value is
                used as the history substitution character, replacing the
                default character `!'.  The second character of its value
                replaces the character `^' in quick substitutions.

     histfile   Can be set to the pathname where history is going to be

     history    Can be given a numeric value to control the size of the
                history list.  Any command that has been referenced in this
                many events will not be discarded.  Too large values of
                history may run the shell out of memory.  The last executed
                command is always saved on the history list.

     home       The home directory of the invoker, initialized from the
                environment.  The filename expansion of `~' refers to this

     ignoreeof  If set the shell ignores end-of-file from input devices which
                are terminals.  This prevents shells from accidentally being
                killed by control-D's.

     mail       The files where the shell checks for mail.  This checking is
                done after each command completion that will result in a
                prompt, if a specified interval has elapsed.  The shell says
                `You have new mail.'  if the file exists with an access time
                not greater than its modify time.

                If the first word of the value of mail is numeric it specifies
                a different mail checking interval, in seconds, than the
                default, which is 10 minutes.

                If multiple mail files are specified, then the shell says `New
                mail in name' when there is mail in the file name.

     noclobber  As described in the section on input/output, restrictions are
                placed on output redirection to insure that files are not
                accidentally destroyed, and that `>>' redirections refer to
                existing files.

     noglob     If set, filename expansion is inhibited.  This inhibition is
                most useful in shell scripts that are not dealing with
                filenames, or after a list of filenames has been obtained and
                further expansions are not desirable.

     nonomatch  If set, it is not an error for a filename expansion to not
                match any existing files; instead the primitive pattern is
                returned.  It is still an error for the primitive pattern to
                be malformed, i.e., `echo [' still gives an error.

     notify     If set, the shell notifies asynchronously of job completions;
                the default is to present job completions just before printing
                a prompt.

     path       Each word of the path variable specifies a directory in which
                commands are to be sought for execution.  A null word
                specifies the current directory.  If there is no path variable
                then only full path names will execute.  The usual search path
                is `.', `/bin' and `/usr/bin', but this may vary from system
                to system.  For the super-user the default search path is
                `/etc', `/bin' and `/usr/bin'.  A shell that is given neither
                the -c nor the -t option will normally hash the contents of
                the directories in the path variable after reading .cshrc, and
                each time the path variable is reset.  If new commands are
                added to these directories while the shell is active, it may
                be necessary to do a rehash or the commands may not be found.

     prompt     The string that is printed before each command is read from an
                interactive terminal input.  If a `!' appears in the string it
                will be replaced by the current event number unless a
                preceding `\' is given.  Default is `% ', or `# ' for the

     savehist   Is given a numeric value to control the number of entries of
                the history list that are saved in ~/.history when the user
                logs out.  Any command that has been referenced in this many
                events will be saved.  During start up the shell sources
                ~/.history into the history list enabling history to be saved
                across logins.  Too large values of savehist will slow down
                the shell during start up.  If savehist is just set, the shell
                will use the value of history.

     shell      The file in which the shell resides.  This variable is used in
                forking shells to interpret files that have execute bits set,
                but which are not executable by the system.  (See the
                description of Non-builtin Command Execution below.)
                Initialized to the (system-dependent) home of the shell.

     status     The status returned by the last command.  If it terminated
                abnormally, then 0200 is added to the status.  Builtin
                commands that fail return exit status `1', all other builtin
                commands set status to `0'.

     time       Control automatic timing of commands.  If set, then any
                command that takes more than this many cpu seconds will cause
                a line giving user, system, and real times and a utilization
                percentage which is the ratio of user plus system times to
                real time to be printed when it terminates.

     verbose    Set by the -v command line option, causes the words of each
                command to be printed after history substitution.

   Non-builtin command execution
     When a command to be executed is found to not be a builtin command the
     shell attempts to execute the command via execve(2).  Each word in the
     variable path names a directory from which the shell will attempt to
     execute the command.  If it is given neither a -c nor a -t option, the
     shell will hash the names in these directories into an internal table so
     that it will only try an exec in a directory if there is a possibility
     that the command resides there.  This shortcut greatly speeds command
     location when many directories are present in the search path.  If this
     mechanism has been turned off (via unhash), or if the shell was given a
     -c or -t argument, and in any case for each directory component of path
     that does not begin with a `/', the shell concatenates with the given
     command name to form a path name of a file which it then attempts to

     Parenthesized commands are always executed in a subshell.  Thus

           (cd; pwd); pwd

     prints the home directory; leaving you where you were (printing this
     after the home directory), while

           cd; pwd

     leaves you in the home directory.  Parenthesized commands are most often
     used to prevent chdir from affecting the current shell.

     If the file has execute permissions but is not an executable binary to
     the system, then it is assumed to be a file containing shell commands and
     a new shell is spawned to read it.

     If there is an alias for shell then the words of the alias will be
     prepended to the argument list to form the shell command.  The first word
     of the alias should be the full path name of the shell (e.g., `$shell').
     Note that this is a special, late occurring, case of alias substitution,
     and only allows words to be prepended to the argument list without

   Signal handling
     The shell normally ignores quit signals.  Jobs running detached (either
     by & or the bg or %... & commands) are immune to signals generated from
     the keyboard, including hangups.  Other signals have the values which the
     shell inherited from its parent.  The shell's handling of interrupts and
     terminate signals in shell scripts can be controlled by onintr.  Login
     shells catch the terminate signal; otherwise this signal is passed on to
     children from the state in the shell's parent.  Interrupts are not
     allowed when a login shell is reading the file .logout.

     William Joy.

     Job control and directory stack features first implemented by
     J.E. Kulp of IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria, with different syntax than that
     used now.

     File name completion code written by
     Ken Greer, HP Labs.

     Eight-bit implementation
     Christos S. Zoulas, Cornell University.

     ~/.cshrc     read at beginning of execution by each shell.
     ~/.login     read by login shell, after `.cshrc' at login.
     ~/.logout    read by login shell, at logout.
     /bin/sh      standard shell, for shell scripts not starting with a `#'.
     /tmp/sh*     temporary file for `<<'.
     /etc/passwd  source of home directories for `~name'.

     Word lengths - Words can be no longer than 1024 characters.  The system
     limits argument lists to 10240 characters.  The number of arguments to a
     command that involves filename expansion is limited to 1/6'th the number
     of characters allowed in an argument list.  Command substitutions may
     substitute no more characters than are allowed in an argument list.  To
     detect looping, the shell restricts the number of alias substitutions on
     a single line to 20.

     sh(1), su(1), access(2), execve(2), fork(2), killpg(2), pipe(2),
     setrlimit(2), sigvec(2), umask(2), wait(2), tty(4), a.out(5), environ(7)
     introduction to the C shell

     Csh appeared in 3BSD.  It was a first implementation of a command
     language interpreter incorporating a history mechanism (see History
     Substitutions), job control facilities (see Jobs), interactive file name
     and user name completion (see File Name Completion), and a C-like syntax.
     There are now many shells that also have these mechanisms, plus a few
     more (and maybe some bugs too), which are available through the usenet.

     When a command is restarted from a stop, the shell prints the directory
     it started in if this is different from the current directory; this can
     be misleading (i.e., wrong) as the job may have changed directories

     Shell builtin functions are not stoppable/restartable.  Command sequences
     of the form `a ; b ; c' are also not handled gracefully when stopping is
     attempted.  If you suspend `b', the shell will immediately execute `c'.
     This is especially noticeable if this expansion results from an alias.
     It suffices to place the sequence of commands in ()'s to force it to a
     subshell, i.e., `( a ; b ; c )'.

     Control over tty output after processes are started is primitive; perhaps
     this will inspire someone to work on a good virtual terminal interface.
     In a virtual terminal interface much more interesting things could be
     done with output control.

     Alias substitution is most often used to clumsily simulate shell
     procedures; shell procedures should be provided instead of aliases.

     Commands within loops, prompted for by `?', are not placed on the history
     list.  Control structure should be parsed instead of being recognized as
     built-in commands.  This would allow control commands to be placed
     anywhere, to be combined with `|', and to be used with `&' and `;'

     It should be possible to use the `:' modifiers on the output of command

     The way the filec facility is implemented is ugly and expensive.

BSD 4                          January 21, 1994                          BSD 4


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