This text is a brief description of the features that are present in
the Bash shell.
This is Edition 2.3, last updated 20 January 1999, of `The GNU Bash
Reference Manual', for `Bash', Version 2.03.
Copyright (C) 1991, 1993, 1996 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Bash contains features that appear in other popular shells, and some
features that only appear in Bash. Some of the shells that Bash has
borrowed concepts from are the Bourne Shell (`sh'), the Korn Shell
(`ksh'), and the C-shell (`csh' and its successor, `tcsh'). The
following menu breaks the features up into categories based upon which
one of these other shells inspired the feature.
This manual is meant as a brief introduction to features found in
Bash. The Bash manual page should be used as the definitive reference
on shell behavior.
* Introduction An introduction to the shell.
* Definitions Some definitions used in the rest of this
* Basic Shell Features The shell "building blocks".
* Bourne Shell Features Features similar to those found in the
* Bash Features Features found only in Bash.
* Job Control A chapter describing what job control is
and how Bash allows you to use it.
* Using History Interactively Chapter dealing with history expansion
* Command Line Editing Chapter describing the command line
* Installing Bash How to build and install Bash on your system.
* Reporting Bugs How to report bugs in Bash.
* Builtin Index Index of Bash builtin commands.
* Reserved Word Index Index of Bash reserved words.
* Variable Index Quick reference helps you find the
variable you want.
* Function Index Index of bindable Readline functions.
* Concept Index General index for concepts described in
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