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

Nicholas MIller nick.kyky at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 09:16:25 EDT 2012

On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 6:33 AM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:

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

 I've used both zsh and bash, and for day to day use I don't notice a
difference.  However I'm not seeing the reasoning behind switching to zsh

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