Backtick versus $()

Gary Gatten Ggatten at
Thu Feb 24 23:18:05 UTC 2011

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From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of Polytropon
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 5:13 PM
To: Chad Perrin
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Subject: Re: Backtick versus $()

On Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:54:25 -0700, Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:
> 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.

>From my personal experience, I know that the C shell is
not the best shell for scripting, but one of the best
interactive shells. The article proves the first part
of my statement to be quite... accurate, as the C shell
really has some specific syntax - redirection and grouping
are typical issues. But well, that's not a big problem
as the C shell does not claim to be command-line
compatible to (ba)sh.

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

I'm old enough not to be cheated that easily. :-)

Everyone is wrong! "pfmsh" is the best at everything, period.  It does everything you can possibly think of today and tomorrow.  It doesn't require any upgrades, ever.  It's 100% secure.  It doesn't use any memory or other resources, $hit, it doesn't even need to be installed; it just "magically" works.

There you have it.

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