Linux bin/bash: All You Need to Know
Here you will find out:
- what a Linux bin/bash shell is and its alternatives
- whether it is any difference between /bin/bash and /bin/sh
- when DiskInternals can help you
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What is a Linux bin/bash shell?
The Linux bin/bash shell is one of the most popular and widespread among shells. The executable bash shell path is /bin/bash.
It is used to launch Linux commands.
Find out more about the bin/bash command
/bin/sh is an executable file that represents the system shell. In fact, whether the shell is a system shell or an executable, it is usually realized as a symbolic link to the executable.
Linux shell is the default shell in system script usage. In Linux distributions, this has often been a symbolic link to bash for a long time, so always linking /bin/sh to bash or to the bash-compatible shell has become the norm.
But it's not only for the users of the bash shell. Shell scripts need a shell to interpret it.
When running a shell script, the system needs to start a shell process to execute the script.
The script can specify #!/bin/bash on the first line, which means that the script should always be run in bash and not in other shells.
Other shells to use as alternatives to bin/bash shell
There are many alternatives to Linux bin/bash, despite the fact that it is a very popular shell. Some of them are here:
- SH is a very basic shell with the basic functions of bash.
- KSH is short for KornShell and has bash-like functions.
- CSH is mainly designed using the C programming language.
What is the difference between /bin/bash and /bin/sh?
As mentioned earlier, bash binaries are usually stored in the /bin/bash path. /bin/sh provides the SH shell, which is a simplified version of bash.
You can use the man command shown below to list the details. Here you can find detailed information about the bash shell and related commands.
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