On 9/21/2016 7:30 AM, Richard Owlett wrote:
On 9/21/2016 7:06 AM, David wrote:
On 21 September 2016 at 21:59, Richard Owlett
<rowl...@cloud85.net> wrote:
I'm learning the shell.

Which shell?

That may be an an even better question than meets the eye.

I have two use cases:
   1. the immediate one being whatever shell MATE terminal uses.
      Sub-question: When in an arbitrary terminal of an arbitrary
Desktop Environment,
         how would I determine which shell is in use?
   2. The motivation for learning shell is to create a custom
preseed.cfg file as per
      "B.5.3. Chainloading preconfiguration files" of
_Installation Manual_.

Thank you all for answers. They even prompted a few questions I didn't know I should have asked ;/

I have found:
  1. Mate Terminal uses bash.
  2. entering /bin/sh puts me in dash
Which is what scripts placed in preseed.cfg use. [my motivation for journey] Makes the question of command history and variable persistence moot.


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