In This Appendix:
Startup and Shutdown Files
Moving Around the File System
Command Editing in tcsh
This appendix briefly summarizes shell features and characteristics. Examples and additional commentary may be found elsewhere in this handbook. See also the csh and tcsh manual pages.
A simple command (designated
cmd below) consists of a command name, possibly followed by one or more arguments. This basic form may be modified or combined with other commands to form more complex command sequences:
cmdin the background
cmdloutput to input of
cmd2to produce arguments for
The shell reads one or more files from your home directory when it starts up, and possibly one file when it terminates. The files are described in the following table. No error occurs if any given file does not exist.
Read at startup
Read instead of ˜/.cshrc if it exists (tcsh only—if you’re using tcsh, read references to ˜/.cshrc as "˜/.tcshrc if it exists, ˜/.cshrc otherwise.”)
Read by login shells at startup ...