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Perl Shell

The Perl Shell (psh) combines aspects of bash and other shells with the power of Perl scripting. It aspires to be your primary login shell.

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  •  21 Jul 2007 08:09

    Release Notes: Path behavior on Windows was fixed.

    •  03 Jan 2003 19:50

      Release Notes: This release adds a new "if" builtin, a new "forfile" builtin ("forfile *.txt less $_" is equivalent to bash's "for i in #.txt; do less $i; done"), a new redirection and piping syntax ("ls >[=FILEHANDLE]", incompatible with the old sh-like syntax), a strategy for finding and running Darwin/Mac OS X Appbundle programs, support for && and || with simple commands, themes, and major startup time reduction. Backticks now work.

      •  05 Jan 2001 20:37

        Release Notes: New builtins rename, fc, bind, and drives, enhanced builtin history, backticks work for builtins, and better operation under ActiveState Perl for Win32.

        •  01 May 2000 05:42

          Release Notes: New and enhanced built-ins (cd, dirs, complete, firsttime, function, history, unalias), an extended completion code for Perl (supports $#foo, $foo->{key, $foo->method, subroutine without &, and Perl reserved symbols), functionality after initial ! for shell escape, support for a global .pshrc file at /etc/pshrc in Unix, and piping and nesting are now possible with aliases.

          •  14 Feb 2000 16:16

            Release Notes: Support for window titles (the behavior is like prompt strings), a builtin kill which now supports sending a signal to a named job (e.g. emacs & ; kill emacs), properly pipeable aliases, a new builtin set which acts like bash's set and returns environment, and a fix to make the Unix resize handler work correctly in big xterms.

            Recent comments

            02 Apr 2004 23:05 scmason

            This is a must for Perl programmers.
            I have to say, I am more exited about this piece of software than any I have used in some time. I can write Perl scripts inline without loosing usability from a shell like Bash. All the functions seem to work, you can open file handles and read from them in a Perl manner. It rocks.

            14 Dec 1999 04:29 warp

            Re: Heavyweight
            The perl shell is intended for interactive use, not for scripting. And I guess it's ok to spend a couple of MB for your work shell (the perl shells usually only use 3-4MB anyway on my system)

            01 Nov 1999 17:55 shaman

            Heavyweight?
            Am I the only one that values lightweight processes and would be more than a bit concerned with shells taking up 8MB apiece? Or is this project headed for a very heavyweight do-it-all shell specifically for admin purposes?

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