Python as a default shell, replacement of bash, sh, cmd ?

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Wed Feb 22 16:31:10 CET 2012

On 2012-02-22, Kyle T. Jones <onexpadREMOVE at> wrote:
> On 2/19/12 2:16 AM, SherjilOzair wrote:
>> Well, if not modify python itself, I was thinking of making another shell, which borrows a lot from python, something like merging bash and python. such that I can do `cd ~/Desktop/dev` and `for i in open('file.txt'): print i` at the some shell. This I think would be VERY useful.
> That's an awful lot of key mashing just to replace 'cat file.txt'

No kidding.  And how much python would it take to do "less file.txt"?

> for i in big small upper lower ; do for j in conf bin log ; do chmod 
> 2755 /home/me/$i/$j ; done ; done

chmod 2755 /home/me/{big,small,upper,lower}/{conf,bin,log}

> cat data.log | grep Error | awk -F, '{print $5, $1, $2,}' | sort

awk -F, '/Error/ {print $5, $1, $2}' data.log | sort


Any decent modern shell (e.g. Bash) is a stunningly powerful
environment aimed at solving a certain sort of problems in a certain
way. Python is aimed at solving a more general set of problems in an
entirely different way.

Yes, you can drive a nail with a screwdriver if you try hard enough
long enough, but it's still a bad idea.

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