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Use the 'bash' shell in the terminal UNIX
The default shell (the program that runs when you open a terminal window) is called tcsh. Bash is an alternative with a superset of features that many UNIX users prefer; you can read about it on the Bash information page. Jim Weisbin of has written a great set of instructions for installing the Bash shell in OS X.

You can download Bash from Jim's site, and the installation instructions are included. It's quite simple; if you've used the terminal much at all, it should be fairly straightforward. You can also view the instructions online prior to downloading to get some idea of the process.
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Authored by: robg on May 17, '01 09:46:34AM

Jim has let me know that there's a new (2.05) version of the bash shell available on his site:

If you'd like to try an alternative to tcsh, check out bash (the instructions link in this hint has also been updated for 2.05, if you need assistance installing).


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