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Installing pdksh

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AT&T Research has a pre-compiled Darwin binary of ksh available for those wishing to try out a so-called scripting shell:
However, the AT&T version does not come with a man page and may generate locale errors under Darwin/OS X. Therefore, I suggest installing an alternative. If you want to try ksh on OS X, you can install pdksh (a korn shell clone) like so:
curl -O
gnutar -xzf pdksh-5.2.14.tar.gz
cd pdksh-5.2.14
curl -O
curl -O
patch < pdksh-5.2.14-patches.1
patch < pdksh-5.2.14-patches.2
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo -s
make install
echo "/usr/local/bin/ksh" >> /etc/shells

Available Shells in OS X
On OS X 10.2, the default shell is tcsh. Here is a list of the provided shells:

(sh is actually bash running in sh compatibility mode; ksh can be invoked in zsh, but only in compatibility mode)

bash was not included in 10.1.x allegedly due to licensing concerns on Apple's part. Now it is part of the shipping shell choices, although it has not yet been blessed with the default shell assignment status (as has tcsh).
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what is the default shell in OS X? Is it bash? I like the RedHat default, which I think is bash. Mainly the colored shell is my main reason for asking

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Thanx gatorparrots, I was wondering about the other shells. I didn't have the time to look. Will have to try the pdksh you suggested.

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