Backtick versus $()

Chad Perrin perrin at
Thu Feb 24 23:05:13 UTC 2011

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:40:44PM +0100, Polytropon wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:24:37 -0800, Rob Farmer <rfarmer at> wrote:
> >
> > I've read it before. Who hasn't? 
> I haven't. :-)

While reading it, just keep this in mind:

It's about "programming" in csh.  It's not about using csh as an
interactive user shell.  People who try to use it as "proof" that we
should not use csh as an interactive user shell don't get it.

> >
> > And I find it unconvincing, since it is just a list of shortcomings.
> > If those shortcomings don't affect me, why do I care?
> The article basically concentrates on shell PROGRAMMING, and I agree
> that programming scripts is not the biggest stength of the C shell. On
> the other hand, it's a very good interactive command line interpreter
> (as mentioned before) that is, in some regards (mainly driven by very
> individual taste), superior to the hyped bash. But it's also worth
> mentioning that there are even better shells which combine "the best of
> both worlds", like zsh, a shell that many professionals seem to prefer
> over the other ones mentioned.

I see from this you are not prone to confuse programming with an
interactive user shell.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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