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Introducing the Shell: The use of Return #860

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cosamede opened this Issue Nov 12, 2018 · 3 comments

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cosamede commented Nov 12, 2018

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Thanks to the developers, contributors and maintainers of the swcarpentry materials.
For the sake of those who are new to unix, i think the use of Return can be modified to include Enter so that the sentence then reads "It is called so because when you type a command and press Return/Enter the shell reads your command, evaluates (or “executes”) it, prints the output of your command, loops back and waits for you to enter another command.

Also I suggest that immediately after the title The Shell, before What does it look like? there should be a brief introduction to the Terminal, such as how to access the terminal and using the key combinations ctrl+alt+T for a new terminal and the use of ctrl+shift+T for a new tab on the existing terminal.

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gcapes commented Nov 13, 2018

I'm not in favour of the suggested intro, because accessing the terminal will be different on different OS and desktop environments, and ctrl+alt+t isn't a universal shortcut.

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rgaiacs commented Nov 13, 2018

It is called so because when you type a command and press Return/Enter the shell reads your command, evaluates (or “executes”) it, prints the output of your command, loops back and waits for you to enter another command.

I'm OK with it.

how to access the terminal and using the key combinations ctrl+alt+T for a new terminal and the use of ctrl+shift+T for a new tab on the existing terminal.

I'm against it for the same reason mentioned by @gcapes, i.e. different OS has different short cuts.

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gdevenyi commented Nov 16, 2018

The intro is indeed too specific, however a small modification to note the differences in naming on some keyboards would be welcome.

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