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    Command line shells

    Which command-line shells does this version of Knoppix have? What's the difference between these and the "X Shells"?

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    To summarize, and save you some searching:

    ash
    bash
    csh
    dash

    --Also available by apt-get:

    busybox-static
    dsh
    elfsh
    esh
    fish
    kiss
    ksh
    lsh
    mksh
    osh
    pdksh
    posh
    psh
    rc
    sash
    slsh
    tcsh
    zsh

    --Note, these are all COMMAND-LINE shells that do not _require_ a GUI. They provide/support various different command sets, scripting functions, and features.

    --Use ' apt-cache show pkgname ' to see the description of each, and see ' man chsh ' for how to use them once installed. You can also run them ad-hoc / in-situ merely by typing the name of the shell from a Bash prompt.

    --X-shells are more like window managers / Graphical User Interfaces. X-shells like Sawfish, icewm and XFCE are much less resource-intensive than Gnome or KDE. Sawfish is a good bet if you want to run resource-intensive things like Vmware.

    --Terminal emulators under X that provide commandlines include (but are not limited to):
    xterm, rxvt, powershell, konsole, eterm, aterm, terminal.

    --Each has different package dependencies and resource usage, and can be configured to use a command-line shell such as zsh or any of those listed above. They can also be configured for color/appearance, etc; either using command-line options or init files, or in some cases interactive menus.


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