Two recommendations for the command line
June 26, 2009
The command line rocks. Point. But one can always improve one’s experience, and here are two recommendations from my desk:
- The developer of ack has chosen the domain betterthangrep.com for a reason. Just see the testimonials on their site, install it and enjoy it!
- I know that many people use the Z Shell today, but my default shell is the Friendly Interactive Shell. Its language might be suboptimal for scripting, but it features really nice command completion out of the box and has friendly coloring and extensive documentation through the “help” command. The only uncomfortable thing for me is the syntax for variable setting (“set -x DISPLAY :0; kwrite” instead of “DISPLAY=:0 kwrite”). Note that I did not have the time yet to dive into zsh, so it might be an even better fit, but fish is also good.