Apparently, csh programming is considered harmful.

Chuck Robey chuckr at
Thu Dec 13 19:01:50 PST 2007

Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On 2007-12-13 18:05, Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:
>> I ran across this today:
>> Title:
>>   Csh Programming Considered Harmful

That was written sometime last millenium, I mean, it's REALLY old.  The 
question is sort of flamebait (you ought to go ask it on, say, the Linux 
IRC channel, for well-reasoned, adult discussion (NOT!)  In general, 
it's right, you really wouldn't want to use tcsh as a scripting 
language.  Read it, you'll come out ahead, but understand, that tcsh is 
a heck of a good general purpose command shell for users.

>> I wonder what responses I might get here, and how much of this applies
>> to tcsh as well (I'm still not exactly a tcsh expert).
> Most of the points made in the FAQ about scripting large `applications'
> with csh ring a bell for me.  Now, having said that, /bin/sh is nice for
> small to medium-sized scripts, but there is a certain point where even
> sh(1) becomes annoying.
> Do you have any _particular_ parts of the csh-whynot article that you
> would like to discuss, or this is a free for all flame? :)
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