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Bash Features

This text is a brief description of the features that are present in the
Bash shell (version 3.2, 28 September 2006).

   This is Edition 3.2, last updated 28 September 2006, of 'The GNU Bash
Reference Manual', for 'Bash', Version 3.2.

   Bash contains features that appear in other popular shells, and some
features that only appear in Bash.  Some of the shells that Bash has
borrowed concepts from are the Bourne Shell ('sh'), the Korn Shell
('ksh'), and the C-shell ('csh' and its successor, 'tcsh').  The
following menu breaks the features up into categories based upon which
one of these other shells inspired the feature.

   This manual is meant as a brief introduction to features found in
Bash.  The Bash manual page should be used as the definitive reference
on shell behavior.

* Introduction
An introduction to the shell.
* Definitions
Some definitions used in the rest of this manual.
* Basic Shell Features
The shell "building blocks".
* Shell Builtin Commands
Commands that are a part of the shell.
* Shell Variables
Variables used or set by Bash.
* Bash Features
Features found only in Bash.
* Job Control
What job control is and how Bash allows you to use it.
* Using History Interactively
Command History Expansion
* Command Line Editing
Chapter describing the command line editing features.
* Installing Bash
How to build and install Bash on your system.
* Reporting Bugs
How to report bugs in Bash.
* Major Differences From The Bourne Shell
A terse list of the differences between Bash and historical versions of /bin/sh.
* Copying This Manual
Copying this manual.
* Builtin Index
Index of Bash builtin commands.
* Reserved Word Index
Index of Bash reserved words.
* Variable Index
Quick reference helps you find the variable you want.
* Function Index
Index of bindable Readline functions.
* Concept Index
General index for concepts described in this manual.

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