Bourne shell


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Bourne shell

[′bu̇rn ‚shel]
(computer science)
The original Unix shell.
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Bourne shell

(sh, Shellish). The original command-line interpreter shell and script language for Unix written by S.R. Bourne of Bell Laboratories in 1978. sh has been superseded for interactive use by the Berkeley C shell, csh but still widely used for writing shell scripts.

There were even earlier shells, see glob. ash is a Bourne Shell clone.

["Unix Time-Sharing System: The Unix Shell", S.R. Bourne, Bell Sys Tech J 57(6):1971-1990 (Jul 1978)].
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Bourne shell

The original command line processor for Unix. See C shell, Korn shell, bash shell and Unix.
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