[arch-releng] [PATCH] Ust zsh as default interactive shell

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Mon Jul 30 07:33:16 EDT 2012

Am 30.07.2012 13:11, schrieb Thomas Bächler:
> Am 28.07.2012 13:13, schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
>> This installs zsh and sets it as default for root and the arch user.
>> grml-zsh-config is installed as a userfriendly default configuration.
>> Signed-off-by: Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de>
>> ---
>> This might look controversial, so let me explain. As our new install method is based on the usage of various cli tools our plain ash setup gets a little inconvinient.
> We don't have ash, we have bash.

Sorry for the typo. I also did one in the subject. :-)

>> This patch adds zsh and a feature rich default config. We will get menu based completion and inline help for e.g. pacman but also our install scripts, rc.d and a lot of other tools. This should make the iso easier to use and more accessable.
> Using a shell that is only known to a fraction of users doesn't make the
> image "more accessible".

I don't get your argument here.

>> I haven't found any real downside here, so let me know if you can think of any. Also please try it first if you haven't yet. E.g. try things like pacstrap -<tab> etc..
> I never used zsh, so I don't know how much its syntax differs from bash,
> or from any POSIX shell. As a new user, I might find this irritating.

I am sorry, but as you did not at least try it I cannot really value
your concern here. Also zsh is posix compatible. And I really doubt that
bash users will have major difficulties or will even notice using zsh.

Anyway, as I already said, this is worth a try. Depending on users
feedback I would be fine to remove zsh again next month. This way we
also wont rely on speculations on what users might or might not do.



Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

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