tcsh is not csh

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Thu Nov 11 14:08:20 PST 2004

In the last episode (Nov 11), Kevin Lyons said:
> I have (re)discovered that tcsh is not csh although the tcsh man page
> falsely asserts backward compatibility.  Trying to do a simple read
> of multiword variables in tcsh fails yet works find on csh.  The tcsh
> man page admits as much when one gets to the $< part.
> The point is, csh should be the basic backward compatibly lowest
> common denominator between systems.  This is a real problem.  I
> humbly suggest that those that want the bang of tcsh can do a pkg_add
> just like the morons that want bash instead of sh.

You can install the shells/44bsd-csh port if you want the original csh.
Read up on all the arguments for an against the switch in the thread
starting at
(sorry, best link I could find), but you're 4 years too late to affect
the outcome...

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

More information about the freebsd-hackers mailing list