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       tcsh - C shell with file name completion and command line editing


       tcsh [-bcdefFimnqstvVxX] [-Dname[=value]] [arg ...]
       tcsh -l


       tcsh  is  an enhanced but completely compatible version of the Berkeley
       UNIX C shell, csh(1).  It is a command language interpreter usable both
       as an interactive login shell and a shell script command processor.  It
       includes  a  command-line  editor  (see   The   command-line   editor),
       programmable  word  completion  (see  Completion and listing), spelling
       correction (see Spelling correction), a history mechanism (see  History
       substitution),  job  control  (see  Jobs) and a C-like syntax.  The NEW
       FEATURES section describes major  enhancements  of  tcsh  over  csh(1).
       Throughout  this  manual,  features  of  tcsh  not found in most csh(1)
       implementations (specifically, the 4.4BSD csh) are labeled with  `(+)',
       and features which are present in csh(1) but not usually documented are
       labeled with `(u)'.

   Argument list processing
       If the first argument (argument 0) to the shell is `-'  then  it  is  a
       login shell.  A login shell can be also specified by invoking the shell
       with the -l flag as the only argument.

       The rest of the flag arguments are interpreted as follows:

       -b  Forces a ``break'' from  option  processing,  causing  any  further
           shell  arguments  to  be  treated  as  non-option  arguments.   The
           remaining arguments will not be interpreted as shell options.  This
           may  be used to pass options to a shell script without confusion or
           possible subterfuge.  The shell will not run a set-user  ID  script
           without this option.

       -c  Commands  are  read  from  the  following  argument  (which must be
           present, and must be a single  argument),  stored  in  the  command
           shell   variable   for  reference,  and  executed.   Any  remaining
           arguments are placed in the argv shell variable.

       -d  The shell loads the directory stack from  ~/.cshdirs  as  described
           under Startup and shutdown, whether or not it is a login shell. (+)

           Sets the environment variable name to value. (Domain/OS only) (+)

       -e  The  shell  exits  if  any invoked command terminates abnormally or
           yields a non-zero exit status.

       -f  The shell does not load any resource or startup files,  or  perform
           any command hashing, and thus starts faster.

       -F  The shell uses fork(2) instead of vfork(2) to spawn processes. (+)

       -i  The  shell is interactive and prompts for its top-level input, even
           if it appears to not be a terminal.  Shells are interactive without
           this option if their inputs and outputs are terminals.

       -l  The shell is a login shell.  Applicable only if -l is the only flag

       -m  The shell loads ~/.tcshrc  even  if  it  does  not  belong  to  the
           effective  user.  Newer versions of su(1) can pass -m to the shell.

       -n  The shell parses commands but does not execute them.  This aids  in
           debugging shell scripts.

       -q  The shell accepts SIGQUIT (see Signal handling) and behaves when it
           is used under a debugger.  Job control is disabled. (u)

       -s  Command input is taken from the standard input.

       -t  The shell reads and executes a single line of input.  A `\' may  be
           used  to  escape  the  newline at the end of this line and continue
           onto another line.

       -v  Sets the verbose shell variable, so that command  input  is  echoed
           after history substitution.

       -x  Sets   the  echo  shell  variable,  so  that  commands  are  echoed
           immediately before execution.

       -V  Sets the verbose shell variable even before executing ~/.tcshrc.

       -X  Is to -x as -V is to -v.

           Print a help message on the standard output and exit. (+)

           Print the  version/platform/compilation  options  on  the  standard
           output and exit.  This information is also contained in the version
           shell variable. (+)

       After processing of flag arguments, if arguments remain but none of the
       -c,  -i,  -s,  or -t options were given, the first argument is taken as
       the name of a file of commands, or ``script'',  to  be  executed.   The
       shell opens this file and saves its name for possible resubstitution by
       `$0'.  Because many systems  use  either  the  standard  version  6  or
       version  7  shells  whose  shell  scripts  are not compatible with this
       shell, the shell uses such a `standard' shell to execute a script whose
       first character is not a `#', i.e., that does not start with a comment.

       Remaining arguments are placed in the argv shell variable.

   Startup and shutdown
       A  login  shell  begins  by  executing  commands  from the system files
       /etc/csh.cshrc and /etc/csh.login.   It  then  executes  commands  from
       files  in  the  user's  home  directory:  first  ~/.tcshrc  (+)  or, if
       ~/.tcshrc is not found, ~/.cshrc, then ~/.history (or the value of  the
       histfile shell variable), then ~/.login, and finally ~/.cshdirs (or the
       value of  the  dirsfile  shell  variable)  (+).   The  shell  may  read
       /etc/csh.login  before  instead  of  after /etc/csh.cshrc, and ~/.login
       before instead of after ~/.tcshrc or ~/.cshrc  and  ~/.history,  if  so
       compiled; see the version shell variable. (+)

       Non-login  shells read only /etc/csh.cshrc and ~/.tcshrc or ~/.cshrc on

       For     examples     of     startup     files,      please      consult

       Commands  like  stty(1)  and  tset(1),  which need be run only once per
       login, usually go in one's ~/.login file.  Users who need  to  use  the
       same  set  of  files with both csh(1) and tcsh can have only a ~/.cshrc
       which checks for the existence of the tcsh shell variable (q.v.) before
       using  tcsh-specific  commands,  or  can  have  both  a  ~/.cshrc and a
       ~/.tcshrc which sources (see the builtin command) ~/.cshrc.   The  rest
       of  this manual uses `~/.tcshrc' to mean `~/.tcshrc or, if ~/.tcshrc is
       not found, ~/.cshrc'.

       In the  normal  case,  the  shell  begins  reading  commands  from  the
       terminal, prompting with `> '.  (Processing of arguments and the use of
       the shell to process files containing  command  scripts  are  described
       later.)   The shell repeatedly reads a line of command input, breaks it
       into words, places it on  the  command  history  list,  parses  it  and
       executes each command in the line.

       One can log out by typing `^D' on an empty line, `logout' or `login' or
       via  the  shell's  autologout  mechanism  (see  the  autologout   shell
       variable).   When  a  login  shell  terminates it sets the logout shell
       variable to `normal'  or  `automatic'  as  appropriate,  then  executes
       commands  from  the files /etc/csh.logout and ~/.logout.  The shell may
       drop DTR on logout if so compiled; see the version shell variable.

       The names of the system login and logout  files  vary  from  system  to
       system for compatibility with different csh(1) variants; see FILES.

       We  first describe The command-line editor.  The Completion and listing
       and Spelling correction sections describe  two  sets  of  functionality
       that  are  implemented  as  editor commands but which deserve their own
       treatment.  Finally, Editor commands lists  and  describes  the  editor
       commands specific to the shell and their default bindings.

   The command-line editor (+)
       Command-line  input  can  be edited using key sequences much like those
       used in GNU Emacs or vi(1).  The editor is active only  when  the  edit
       shell  variable  is  set, which it is by default in interactive shells.
       The bindkey builtin can display and change key  bindings.   Emacs-style
       key  bindings  are  used  by  default  (unless  the  shell was compiled
       otherwise; see the version shell variable), but bindkey can change  the
       key bindings to vi-style bindings en masse.

       The  shell  always  binds  the  arrow  keys  (as defined in the TERMCAP
       environment variable) to

           down    down-history
           up      up-history
           left    backward-char
           right   forward-char

       unless doing so would alter another single-character binding.  One  can
       set  the  arrow  key escape sequences to the empty string with settc to
       prevent these bindings.  The ANSI/VT100 sequences for  arrow  keys  are
       always bound.

       Other  key  bindings are, for the most part, what Emacs and vi(1) users
       would expect and can easily be displayed by bindkey,  so  there  is  no
       need to list them here.  Likewise, bindkey can list the editor commands
       with a short description of each.

       Note that editor commands do not have the same notion of a ``word''  as
       does  the  shell.   The editor delimits words with any non-alphanumeric
       characters not  in  the  shell  variable  wordchars,  while  the  shell
       recognizes  only  whitespace  and  some  of the characters with special
       meanings to it, listed under Lexical structure.

   Completion and listing (+)
       The shell  is  often  able  to  complete  words  when  given  a  unique
       abbreviation.  Type part of a word (for example `ls /usr/lost') and hit
       the tab key  to  run  the  complete-word  editor  command.   The  shell
       completes the filename `/usr/lost' to `/usr/lost+found/', replacing the
       incomplete word with the complete word in the input buffer.  (Note  the
       terminal `/'; completion adds a `/' to the end of completed directories
       and a space to the end of other completed words, to  speed  typing  and
       provide  a  visual  indicator  of successful completion.  The addsuffix
       shell variable can be unset to prevent this.)  If  no  match  is  found
       (perhaps `/usr/lost+found' doesn't exist), the terminal bell rings.  If
       the word is already complete (perhaps there is a  `/usr/lost'  on  your
       system,  or perhaps you were thinking too far ahead and typed the whole
       thing) a `/' or space is added to the end if it isn't already there.

       Completion works anywhere in the line, not at just the  end;  completed
       text  pushes  the  rest  of  the  line to the right.  Completion in the
       middle of a word often results in leftover characters to the  right  of
       the cursor that need to be deleted.

       Commands  and  variables  can  be  completed in much the same way.  For
       example, typing `em[tab]' would complete `em' to `emacs' if emacs  were
       the  only  command  on your system beginning with `em'.  Completion can
       find a command in any directory in path or if given  a  full  pathname.
       Typing  `echo  $ar[tab]'  would  complete  `$ar' to `$argv' if no other
       variable began with `ar'.

       The shell parses the input buffer to determine  whether  the  word  you
       want  to  complete  should  be  completed  as  a  filename,  command or
       variable.  The first word in the buffer and the  first  word  following
       `;',  `|',  `|&',  `&&'  or `||' is considered to be a command.  A word
       beginning with `$' is considered to be a variable.  Anything else is  a
       filename.  An empty line is `completed' as a filename.

       You  can  list the possible completions of a word at any time by typing
       `^D' to run the delete-char-or-list-or-eof editor command.   The  shell
       lists  the  possible  completions  using  the  ls-F builtin (q.v.)  and
       reprints the prompt and unfinished command line, for example:

           > ls /usr/l[^D]
           lbin/       lib/        local/      lost+found/
           > ls /usr/l

       If the autolist shell variable is set, the shell  lists  the  remaining
       choices (if any) whenever completion fails:

           > set autolist
           > nm /usr/lib/libt[tab]
           libtermcap.a@ libtermlib.a@
           > nm /usr/lib/libterm

       If  autolist  is  set  to  `ambiguous',  choices  are  listed only when
       completion  fails  and  adds  no  new  characters  to  the  word  being

       A  filename  to be completed can contain variables, your own or others'
       home directories abbreviated with `~' (see Filename  substitution)  and
       directory  stack  entries  abbreviated  with  `='  (see Directory stack
       substitution).  For example,

           > ls ~k[^D]
           kahn    kas     kellogg
           > ls ~ke[tab]
           > ls ~kellogg/


           > set local = /usr/local
           > ls $lo[tab]
           > ls $local/[^D]
           bin/ etc/ lib/ man/ src/
           > ls $local/

       Note that variables can also be expanded explicitly  with  the  expand-
       variables editor command.

       delete-char-or-list-or-eof  lists  at  only the end of the line; in the
       middle of a line it deletes the character under the cursor  and  on  an
       empty  line  it  logs  one  out  or, if ignoreeof is set, does nothing.
       `M-^D', bound to the  editor  command  list-choices,  lists  completion
       possibilities  anywhere  on a line, and list-choices (or any one of the
       related editor commands that do or don't delete, list and/or  log  out,
       listed  under delete-char-or-list-or-eof) can be bound to `^D' with the
       bindkey builtin command if so desired.

       The complete-word-fwd and complete-word-back editor commands (not bound
       to  any  keys  by default) can be used to cycle up and down through the
       list of possible completions, replacing the current word with the  next
       or previous word in the list.

       The  shell  variable  fignore  can  be  set to a list of suffixes to be
       ignored by completion.  Consider the following:

           > ls
           Makefile        condiments.h~   main.o          side.c
           README          main.c          meal            side.o
           condiments.h    main.c~
           > set fignore = (.o \~)
           > emacs ma[^D]
           main.c   main.c~  main.o
           > emacs ma[tab]
           > emacs main.c

       `main.c~' and `main.o' are ignored by  completion  (but  not  listing),
       because they end in suffixes in fignore.  Note that a `\' was needed in
       front of `~' to prevent it from being expanded  to  home  as  described
       under Filename substitution.  fignore is ignored if only one completion
       is possible.

       If the complete shell variable  is  set  to  `enhance',  completion  1)
       ignores  case  and  2) considers periods, hyphens and underscores (`.',
       `-' and `_') to be word separators and hyphens and  underscores  to  be
       equivalent.  If you had the following files

           comp.lang.c      comp.lang.perl   comp.std.c++
           comp.lang.c++    comp.std.c

       and  typed  `mail  -f  c.l.c[tab]',  it  would be completed to `mail -f
       comp.lang.c', and ^D  would  list  `comp.lang.c'  and  `comp.lang.c++'.
       `mail  -f  c..c++[^D]'  would  list `comp.lang.c++' and `comp.std.c++'.
       Typing `rm a--file[^D]' in the following directory

           A_silly_file    a-hyphenated-file    another_silly_file

       would list all three files, because case is  ignored  and  hyphens  and
       underscores  are  equivalent.   Periods, however, are not equivalent to
       hyphens or underscores.

       If the complete shell variable is set to `Enhance', completion  ignores
       case  and differences between a hyphen and an underscore word separator
       only when the user types a lowercase character or a  hyphen.   Entering
       an   uppercase   character   or   an  underscore  will  not  match  the
       corresponding lowercase character or hyphen word separator.  Typing `rm
       a--file[^D]'  in the directory of the previous example would still list
       all  three  files,  but  typing   `rm   A--file'   would   match   only
       `A_silly_file'   and   typing   `rm   a__file[^D]'   would  match  just
       `A_silly_file' and `another_silly_file'  because  the  user  explicitly
       used an uppercase or an underscore character.

       Completion  and  listing are affected by several other shell variables:
       recexact can be set to complete on the shortest possible unique  match,
       even if more typing might result in a longer match:

           > ls
           fodder   foo      food     foonly
           > set recexact
           > rm fo[tab]

       just beeps, because `fo' could expand to `fod' or `foo', but if we type
       another `o',

           > rm foo[tab]
           > rm foo

       the completion completes on `foo', even though `food' and `foonly' also
       match.   autoexpand can be set to run the expand-history editor command
       before each completion attempt, autocorrect can  be  set  to  spelling-
       correct  the word to be completed (see Spelling correction) before each
       completion  attempt  and  correct  can  be  set  to  complete  commands
       automatically  after  one  hits `return'.  matchbeep can be set to make
       completion beep or not beep in a variety of situations, and nobeep  can
       be  set  to  never  beep  at  all.   nostat  can  be  set  to a list of
       directories and/or patterns  that  match  directories  to  prevent  the
       completion  mechanism  from  stat(2)ing those directories.  listmax and
       listmaxrows  can  be  set  to  limit  the  number  of  items  and  rows
       (respectively)     that    are    listed    without    asking    first.
       recognize_only_executables can be set  to  make  the  shell  list  only
       executables when listing commands, but it is quite slow.

       Finally, the complete builtin command can be used to tell the shell how
       to  complete  words  other  than  filenames,  commands  and  variables.
       Completion  and  listing  do  not  work  on glob-patterns (see Filename
       substitution),  but  the  list-glob  and  expand-glob  editor  commands
       perform equivalent functions for glob-patterns.

   Spelling correction (+)
       The shell can sometimes correct the spelling of filenames, commands and
       variable names as well as completing and listing them.

       Individual words can be spelling-corrected with the  spell-word  editor
       command (usually bound to M-s and M-S) and the entire input buffer with
       spell-line (usually bound to M-$).  The correct shell variable  can  be
       set to `cmd' to correct the command name or `all' to correct the entire
       line each time return is typed, and autocorrect can be set  to  correct
       the word to be completed before each completion attempt.

       When  spelling correction is invoked in any of these ways and the shell
       thinks that any part of the command line is misspelled, it prompts with
       the corrected line:

           > set correct = cmd
           > lz /usr/bin
           CORRECT>ls /usr/bin (y|n|e|a)?

       One can answer `y' or space to execute the corrected line, `e' to leave
       the uncorrected command in the input buffer, `a' to abort  the  command
       as if `^C' had been hit, and anything else to execute the original line

       Spelling  correction  recognizes  user-defined  completions  (see   the
       complete  builtin command).  If an input word in a position for which a
       completion is defined resembles a word in the completion list, spelling
       correction  registers  a  misspelling and suggests the latter word as a
       correction.  However, if the input word  does  not  match  any  of  the
       possible  completions  for  that position, spelling correction does not
       register a misspelling.

       Like completion,  spelling  correction  works  anywhere  in  the  line,
       pushing  the  rest  of the line to the right and possibly leaving extra
       characters to the right of the cursor.

       Beware: spelling correction is not  guaranteed  to  work  the  way  one
       intends,   and   is   provided   mostly  as  an  experimental  feature.
       Suggestions and improvements are welcome.

   Editor commands (+)
       `bindkey' lists  key  bindings  and  `bindkey  -l'  lists  and  briefly
       describes  editor  commands.  Only new or especially interesting editor
       commands are described here.  See emacs(1) and vi(1)  for  descriptions
       of each editor's key bindings.

       The  character  or characters to which each command is bound by default
       is given in parentheses.  `^character' means a  control  character  and
       `M-character'  a meta character, typed as escape-character on terminals
       without a meta key.  Case  counts,  but  commands  that  are  bound  to
       letters  by  default are bound to both lower- and uppercase letters for

       complete-word (tab)
               Completes a word as described under Completion and listing.

       complete-word-back (not bound)
               Like complete-word-fwd, but steps up from the end of the list.

       complete-word-fwd (not bound)
               Replaces the current word with the first word in  the  list  of
               possible completions.  May be repeated to step down through the
               list.  At the end  of  the  list,  beeps  and  reverts  to  the
               incomplete word.

       complete-word-raw (^X-tab)
               Like complete-word, but ignores user-defined completions.

       copy-prev-word (M-^_)
               Copies  the  previous  word  in the current line into the input
               buffer.  See also insert-last-word.

       dabbrev-expand (M-/)
               Expands the current word to the most recent preceding  one  for
               which  the  current is a leading substring, wrapping around the
               history list (once)  if  necessary.   Repeating  dabbrev-expand
               without  any  intervening  typing  changes to the next previous
               word etc., skipping identical matches much like history-search-
               backward does.

       delete-char (bound to `Del' if using the standard /etc/csh.cshrc)
               Deletes  the character under the cursor.  See also delete-char-

       delete-char-or-eof (not bound)
               Does delete-char if there is a character under  the  cursor  or
               end-of-file on an empty line.  See also delete-char-or-list-or-

       delete-char-or-list (not bound)
               Does delete-char if there is a character under  the  cursor  or
               list-choices  at the end of the line.  See also delete-char-or-

       delete-char-or-list-or-eof (^D)
               Does delete-char if there is  a  character  under  the  cursor,
               list-choices  at the end of the line or end-of-file on an empty
               line.  See also those three commands, each of which does only a
               single  action, and delete-char-or-eof, delete-char-or-list and
               list-or-eof, each of which does a  different  two  out  of  the

       down-history (down-arrow, ^N)
               Like up-history, but steps down, stopping at the original input

       end-of-file (not bound)
               Signals an end of file, causing the shell to  exit  unless  the
               ignoreeof  shell  variable  (q.v.) is set to prevent this.  See
               also delete-char-or-list-or-eof.

       expand-history (M-space)
               Expands history substitutions in the current word.  See History
               substitution.  See also magic-space, toggle-literal-history and
               the autoexpand shell variable.

       expand-glob (^X-*)
               Expands the glob-pattern  to  the  left  of  the  cursor.   See
               Filename substitution.

       expand-line (not bound)
               Like  expand-history, but expands history substitutions in each
               word in the input buffer.

       expand-variables (^X-$)
               Expands the variable to the left of the cursor.   See  Variable

       history-search-backward (M-p, M-P)
               Searches  backwards  through  the  history  list  for a command
               beginning with the current contents of the input buffer  up  to
               the  cursor  and  copies  it into the input buffer.  The search
               string  may  be  a  glob-pattern  (see  Filename  substitution)
               containing `*', `?', `[]' or `{}'.  up-history and down-history
               will proceed from the appropriate point in  the  history  list.
               Emacs mode only.  See also history-search-forward and i-search-

       history-search-forward (M-n, M-N)
               Like history-search-backward, but searches forward.

       i-search-back (not bound)
               Searches  backward  like  history-search-backward,  copies  the
               first match into the input buffer with the cursor positioned at
               the end of the pattern, and prompts with `bck: ' and the  first
               match.   Additional  characters  may  be  typed  to  extend the
               search, i-search-back may be typed to continue  searching  with
               the   same   pattern,  wrapping  around  the  history  list  if
               necessary, (i-search-back must be bound to a  single  character
               for  this  to  work) or one of the following special characters
               may be typed:

                   ^W      Appends the rest of the word under  the  cursor  to
                           the search pattern.
                   delete (or any character bound to backward-delete-char)
                           Undoes  the  effect of the last character typed and
                           deletes a character  from  the  search  pattern  if
                   ^G      If  the  previous search was successful, aborts the
                           entire search.  If  not,  goes  back  to  the  last
                           successful search.
                   escape  Ends  the  search,  leaving the current line in the
                           input buffer.

               Any other character not bound to self-insert-command terminates
               the  search,  leaving the current line in the input buffer, and
               is then interpreted as normal input.  In particular, a carriage
               return  causes  the  current  line  to be executed.  Emacs mode
               only.  See also i-search-fwd and history-search-backward.

       i-search-fwd (not bound)
               Like i-search-back, but searches forward.

       insert-last-word (M-_)
               Inserts the last word of the previous input  line  (`!$')  into
               the input buffer.  See also copy-prev-word.

       list-choices (M-^D)
               Lists  completion  possibilities  as described under Completion
               and listing.  See  also  delete-char-or-list-or-eof  and  list-

       list-choices-raw (^X-^D)
               Like list-choices, but ignores user-defined completions.

       list-glob (^X-g, ^X-G)
               Lists  (via  the ls-F builtin) matches to the glob-pattern (see
               Filename substitution) to the left of the cursor.

       list-or-eof (not bound)
               Does list-choices or end-of-file on an empty  line.   See  also

       magic-space (not bound)
               Expands history substitutions in the current line, like expand-
               history, and inserts a space.  magic-space is  designed  to  be
               bound to the space bar, but is not bound by default.

       normalize-command (^X-?)
               Searches  for  the  current  word  in PATH and, if it is found,
               replaces it with the full  path  to  the  executable.   Special
               characters  are  quoted.   Aliases  are expanded and quoted but
               commands within aliases are not.  This command is  useful  with
               commands  that  take commands as arguments, e.g., `dbx' and `sh

       normalize-path (^X-n, ^X-N)
               Expands the  current  word  as  described  under  the  `expand'
               setting of the symlinks shell variable.

       overwrite-mode (unbound)
               Toggles between input and overwrite modes.

       run-fg-editor (M-^Z)
               Saves the current input line and looks for a stopped job with a
               name equal to the last component of the file name part  of  the
               EDITOR  or VISUAL environment variables, or, if neither is set,
               `ed' or `vi'.  If such a job is found, it is  restarted  as  if
               `fg  %job'  had  been  typed.   This is used to toggle back and
               forth between an editor and the shell easily.  Some people bind
               this command to `^Z' so they can do this even more easily.

       run-help (M-h, M-H)
               Searches  for  documentation  on the current command, using the
               same notion of `current command' as  the  completion  routines,
               and  prints  it.   There  is no way to use a pager; run-help is
               designed  for  short  help  files.   If   the   special   alias
               helpcommand  is  defined,  it is run with the command name as a
               sole argument.  Else, documentation should be in a  file  named
     , command.1, command.6, command.8 or command, which
               should be in  one  of  the  directories  listed  in  the  HPATH
               environment variable.  If there is more than one help file only
               the first is printed.

       self-insert-command (text characters)
               In insert mode (the default), inserts the typed character  into
               the  input  line  after  the  character  under  the cursor.  In
               overwrite mode, replaces the character under  the  cursor  with
               the  typed  character.   The  input  mode is normally preserved
               between lines, but the inputmode shell variable can be  set  to
               `insert'  or  `overwrite' to put the editor in that mode at the
               beginning of each line.  See also overwrite-mode.

       sequence-lead-in (arrow prefix, meta prefix, ^X)
               Indicates that the following characters are part of a multi-key
               sequence.   Binding  a  command  to a multi-key sequence really
               creates two bindings: the first character  to  sequence-lead-in
               and the whole sequence to the command.  All sequences beginning
               with a character  bound  to  sequence-lead-in  are  effectively
               bound to undefined-key unless bound to another command.

       spell-line (M-$)
               Attempts  to  correct  the  spelling  of each word in the input
               buffer,  like  spell-word,  but  ignores  words   whose   first
               character is one of `-', `!', `^' or `%', or which contain `\',
               `*' or `?', to avoid problems with switches, substitutions  and
               the like.  See Spelling correction.

       spell-word (M-s, M-S)
               Attempts  to  correct  the  spelling  of  the  current  word as
               described under Spelling correction.  Checks each component  of
               a word which appears to be a pathname.

       toggle-literal-history (M-r, M-R)
               Expands  or  `unexpands'  history  substitutions  in  the input
               buffer.  See  also  expand-history  and  the  autoexpand  shell

       undefined-key (any unbound key)

       up-history (up-arrow, ^P)
               Copies  the  previous  entry in the history list into the input
               buffer.  If histlit is set, uses the literal form of the entry.
               May  be  repeated to step up through the history list, stopping
               at the top.

       vi-search-back (?)
               Prompts with `?' for a search string  (which  may  be  a  glob-
               pattern,  as with history-search-backward), searches for it and
               copies it into the input buffer.  The bell rings if no match is
               found.   Hitting  return  ends  the  search and leaves the last
               match in the input buffer.  Hitting escape ends the search  and
               executes the match.  vi mode only.

       vi-search-fwd (/)
               Like vi-search-back, but searches forward.

       which-command (M-?)
               Does  a  which  (see the description of the builtin command) on
               the first word of the input buffer.

       yank-pop (M-y)
               When executed immediately after a  yank  or  another  yank-pop,
               replaces  the  yanked string with the next previous string from
               the  killring.  This  also  has  the  effect  of  rotating  the
               killring,  such  that  this  string will be considered the most
               recently killed by a later  yank  command.  Repeating  yank-pop
               will cycle through the killring any number of times.

   Lexical structure
       The  shell  splits  input  lines  into  words  at blanks and tabs.  The
       special characters `&', `|', `;',  `<',  `>',  `(',  and  `)'  and  the
       doubled characters `&&', `||', `<<' and `>>' are always separate words,
       whether or not they are surrounded by whitespace.

       When the shell's input is not a terminal, the character `#' is taken to
       begin  a  comment.  Each `#' and the rest of the input line on which it
       appears is discarded before further parsing.

       A special character (including a blank or tab) may  be  prevented  from
       having  its special meaning, and possibly made part of another word, by
       preceding it with a backslash (`\') or enclosing it  in  single  (`''),
       double  (`"')  or  backward  (``') quotes.  When not otherwise quoted a
       newline preceded by a `\' is equivalent to a blank, but  inside  quotes
       this sequence results in a newline.

       Furthermore,  all Substitutions (see below) except History substitution
       can be prevented by enclosing the strings  (or  parts  of  strings)  in
       which  they  appear  with  single  quotes  or  by  quoting  the crucial
       character(s) (e.g., `$' or ``' for  Variable  substitution  or  Command
       substitution   respectively)  with  `\'.   (Alias  substitution  is  no
       exception: quoting in any way any character of  a  word  for  which  an
       alias  has  been defined prevents substitution of the alias.  The usual
       way of quoting an alias is to precede it  with  a  backslash.)  History
       substitution  is  prevented  by  backslashes  but not by single quotes.
       Strings  quoted  with  double  or  backward  quotes  undergo   Variable
       substitution  and  Command  substitution,  but  other substitutions are

       Text inside single or double quotes becomes a single word (or  part  of
       one).   Metacharacters  in these strings, including blanks and tabs, do
       not form separate  words.   Only  in  one  special  case  (see  Command
       substitution below) can a double-quoted string yield parts of more than
       one word; single-quoted strings never do.  Backward quotes are special:
       they  signal Command substitution (q.v.), which may result in more than
       one word.

       Quoting complex strings, particularly strings which themselves  contain
       quoting characters, can be confusing.  Remember that quotes need not be
       used as they are in human writing!  It may be easier to  quote  not  an
       entire  string,  but only those parts of the string which need quoting,
       using different types of quoting to do so if appropriate.

       The  backslash_quote  shell  variable  (q.v.)  can  be  set   to   make
       backslashes  always quote `\', `'', and `"'.  (+) This may make complex
       quoting tasks easier, but it can cause syntax errors in csh(1) scripts.

       We now describe the various transformations the shell performs  on  the
       input  in  the  order in which they occur.  We note in passing the data
       structures involved and the commands and variables which  affect  them.
       Remember  that  substitutions  can be prevented by quoting as described
       under Lexical structure.

   History substitution
       Each command, or ``event'', input from the terminal  is  saved  in  the
       history  list.   The  previous command is always saved, and the history
       shell variable can be set to a number to save that many commands.   The
       histdup  shell  variable  can  be  set  to not save duplicate events or
       consecutive duplicate events.

       Saved commands are numbered sequentially from 1 and  stamped  with  the
       time.   It  is  not  usually  necessary  to  use event numbers, but the
       current event number can be made part of the prompt by placing  an  `!'
       in the prompt shell variable.

       The  shell  actually saves history in expanded and literal (unexpanded)
       forms.  If the histlit shell variable is set, commands that display and
       store history use the literal form.

       The  history  builtin  command  can print, store in a file, restore and
       clear the history list at any time, and the savehist and histfile shell
       variables  can be set to store the history list automatically on logout
       and restore it on login.

       History substitutions introduce words from the history  list  into  the
       input  stream, making it easy to repeat commands, repeat arguments of a
       previous command in the current command, or fix  spelling  mistakes  in
       the   previous  command  with  little  typing  and  a  high  degree  of

       History substitutions begin with the character  `!'.   They  may  begin
       anywhere  in  the  input  stream, but they do not nest.  The `!' may be
       preceded by a `\' to prevent its special meaning;  for  convenience,  a
       `!'  is  passed unchanged when it is followed by a blank, tab, newline,
       `=' or `('.  History substitutions also occur when an input line begins
       with  `^'.   This  special  abbreviation  will be described later.  The
       characters used to signal history substitution (`!'  and  `^')  can  be
       changed  by setting the histchars shell variable.  Any input line which
       contains a history substitution is printed before it is executed.

       A history substitution  may  have  an  ``event  specification'',  which
       indicates  the  event  from  which  words  are  to  be  taken, a ``word
       designator'', which selects particular words  from  the  chosen  event,
       and/or a ``modifier'', which manipulates the selected words.

       An event specification can be

           n       A number, referring to a particular event
           -n      An  offset,  referring  to  the  event n before the current
           #       The current  event.   This  should  be  used  carefully  in
                   csh(1), where there is no check for recursion.  tcsh allows
                   10 levels of recursion.  (+)
           !       The previous event (equivalent to `-1')
           s       The most recent event whose  first  word  begins  with  the
                   string s
           ?s?     The  most  recent  event  which contains the string s.  The
                   second `?' can be omitted if it is immediately followed  by
                   a newline.

       For example, consider this bit of someone's history list:

            9  8:30    nroff -man
           10  8:31    cp
           11  8:36    vi
           12  8:37    diff

       The  commands  are shown with their event numbers and time stamps.  The
       current event, which we haven't typed in yet, is event 13.   `!11'  and
       `!-2'  refer to event 11.  `!!' refers to the previous event, 12.  `!!'
       can be abbreviated `!' if it is  followed  by  `:'  (`:'  is  described
       below).   `!n' refers to event 9, which begins with `n'.  `!?old?' also
       refers to event 12, which contains `old'.  Without word designators  or
       modifiers  history  references simply expand to the entire event, so we
       might type `!cp' to redo the copy command or `!!|more'  if  the  `diff'
       output scrolled off the top of the screen.

       History  references  may  be  insulated  from the surrounding text with
       braces if necessary.  For example, `!vdoc' would  look  for  a  command
       beginning  with  `vdoc',  and,  in  this  example,  not  find  one, but
       `!{v}doc' would expand unambiguously to `vi  wumpus.mandoc'.   Even  in
       braces, history substitutions do not nest.

       (+) While csh(1) expands, for example, `!3d' to event 3 with the letter
       `d' appended to it, tcsh expands it to the last  event  beginning  with
       `3d';  only  completely numeric arguments are treated as event numbers.
       This makes it possible to recall events  beginning  with  numbers.   To
       expand `!3d' as in csh(1) say `!{3}d'.

       To  select words from an event we can follow the event specification by
       a `:' and a designator for the desired words.  The words  of  an  input
       line are numbered from 0, the first (usually command) word being 0, the
       second word (first argument) being 1, etc.  The basic word  designators

           0       The first (command) word
           n       The nth argument
           ^       The first argument, equivalent to `1'
           $       The last argument
           %       The word matched by an ?s? search
           x-y     A range of words
           -y      Equivalent to `0-y'
           *       Equivalent  to  `^-$',  but  returns  nothing  if the event
                   contains only 1 word
           x*      Equivalent to `x-$'
           x-      Equivalent to `x*', but omitting the last word (`$')

       Selected words are inserted into the command line separated  by  single
       blanks.   For example, the `diff' command in the previous example might
       have been typed as `diff !!:1.old !!:1' (using `:1' to select the first
       argument  from  the previous event) or `diff !-2:2 !-2:1' to select and
       swap the arguments from the `cp' command.  If we didn't care about  the
       order  of  the `diff' we might have said `diff !-2:1-2' or simply `diff
       !-2:*'.  The `cp'  command  might  have  been  written  `cp
       !#:1.old',  using `#' to refer to the current event.  `!n:-'
       would reuse the first two words from the `nroff' command to say  `nroff

       The `:' separating the event specification from the word designator can
       be omitted if the argument selector begins with a `^', `$', `*', `%' or
       `-'.   For  example,  our  `diff' command might have been `diff !!^.old
       !!^' or,  equivalently,  `diff  !!$.old  !!$'.   However,  if  `!!'  is
       abbreviated  `!',  an  argument  selector  beginning  with  `-' will be
       interpreted as an event specification.

       A  history  reference  may  have  a  word  designator  but   no   event
       specification.   It  then  references the previous command.  Continuing
       our `diff' example, we could have said simply `diff !^.old !^'  or,  to
       get the arguments in the opposite order, just `diff !*'.

       The   word   or  words  in  a  history  reference  can  be  edited,  or
       ``modified'', by following it with one or more modifiers, each preceded
       by a `:':

           h       Remove a trailing pathname component, leaving the head.
           t       Remove all leading pathname components, leaving the tail.
           r       Remove a filename extension `.xxx', leaving the root name.
           e       Remove all but the extension.
           u       Uppercase the first lowercase letter.
           l       Lowercase the first uppercase letter.
           s/l/r/  Substitute  l  for  r.   l is simply a string like r, not a
                   regular expression as in the eponymous ed(1) command.   Any
                   character  may  be used as the delimiter in place of `/'; a
                   `\' can be used to quote the delimiter inside l and r.  The
                   character  `&'  in  the r is replaced by l; `\' also quotes
                   `&'.   If  l  is  empty  (``''),  the  l  from  a  previous
                   substitution  or  the  s  from  a  previous search or event
                   number  in  event  specification  is  used.   The  trailing
                   delimiter may be omitted if it is immediately followed by a
           &       Repeat the previous substitution.
           g       Apply the following modifier once to each word.
           a (+)   Apply the following modifier as many times as possible to a
                   single  word.   `a' and `g' can be used together to apply a
                   modifier  globally.   With  the  `s'  modifier,  only   the
                   patterns  contained  in  the original word are substituted,
                   not patterns that contain any substitution result.
           p       Print the new command line but do not execute it.
           q       Quote   the   substituted   words,    preventing    further
           x       Like q, but break into words at blanks, tabs and newlines.

       Modifiers  are applied to only the first modifiable word (unless `g' is
       used).  It is an error for no word to be modifiable.

       For example, the `diff'  command  might  have  been  written  as  `diff  !#^:r',  using  `:r'  to  remove  `.old' from the first
       argument on the same line  (`!#^').   We  could  say  `echo  hello  out
       there',  then `echo !*:u' to capitalize `hello', `echo !*:au' to say it
       out loud, or `echo !*:agu' to really shout.  We might follow  `mail  -s
       "I forgot my password" rot' with `!:s/rot/root' to correct the spelling
       of `root' (but see Spelling correction for a different approach).

       There is a special abbreviation for substitutions.  `^', when it is the
       first  character  on  an  input line, is equivalent to `!:s^'.  Thus we
       might have said `^rot^root' to make  the  spelling  correction  in  the
       previous example.  This is the only history substitution which does not
       explicitly begin with `!'.

       (+) In csh as such, only one modifier may be applied to each history or
       variable expansion.  In tcsh, more than one may be used, for example

           % mv /usr/man/man1/wumpus.1
           % man !$:t:r
           man wumpus

       In csh, the result would be `wumpus.1:r'.  A substitution followed by a
       colon may need to be insulated from it with braces:

           > mv a.out /usr/games/wumpus
           > setenv PATH !$:h:$PATH
           Bad ! modifier: $.
           > setenv PATH !{-2$:h}:$PATH
           setenv PATH /usr/games:/bin:/usr/bin:.

       The first attempt would succeed in csh but fails in tcsh, because  tcsh
       expects another modifier after the second colon rather than `$'.

       Finally,  history can be accessed through the editor as well as through
       the substitutions just described.  The up- and  down-history,  history-
       search-backward  and  -forward,  i-search-back and -fwd, vi-search-back
       and -fwd, copy-prev-word and insert-last-word  editor  commands  search
       for  events  in  the  history list and copy them into the input buffer.
       The toggle-literal-history editor command switches between the expanded
       and literal forms of history lines in the input buffer.  expand-history
       and expand-line expand history substitutions in the current word and in
       the entire input buffer respectively.

   Alias substitution
       The  shell  maintains  a  list  of  aliases which can be set, unset and
       printed by the alias and unalias commands.  After  a  command  line  is
       parsed  into  simple  commands  (see  Commands)  the first word of each
       command, left-to-right, is checked to see if it has an alias.   If  so,
       the  first  word  is  replaced  by  the alias.  If the alias contains a
       history reference, it undergoes History substitution (q.v.)  as  though
       the  original  command were the previous input line.  If the alias does
       not contain a history reference, the argument list is left untouched.

       Thus if the alias for `ls' were `ls -l' the  command  `ls  /usr'  would
       become  `ls -l /usr', the argument list here being undisturbed.  If the
       alias for `lookup' were `grep !^ /etc/passwd' then `lookup bill'  would
       become  `grep  bill  /etc/passwd'.   Aliases  can  be used to introduce
       parser metasyntax.  For example, `alias print 'pr \!* | lpr'' defines a
       ``command'' (`print') which pr(1)s its arguments to the line printer.

       Alias  substitution is repeated until the first word of the command has
       no alias.  If an alias substitution does not change the first word  (as
       in  the previous example) it is flagged to prevent a loop.  Other loops
       are detected and cause an error.

       Some aliases are referred to by the shell; see Special aliases.

   Variable substitution
       The shell maintains a list of variables, each of which has as  value  a
       list  of  zero  or  more  words.   The values of shell variables can be
       displayed and changed with the set  and  unset  commands.   The  system
       maintains  its  own  list  of  ``environment'' variables.  These can be
       displayed and changed with printenv, setenv and unsetenv.

       (+) Variables may be made read-only with `set  -r'  (q.v.).   Read-only
       variables  may not be modified or unset; attempting to do so will cause
       an error.  Once made read-only, a variable cannot be made writable,  so
       `set  -r' should be used with caution.  Environment variables cannot be
       made read-only.

       Some variables are set  by  the  shell  or  referred  to  by  it.   For
       instance,  the  argv variable is an image of the shell's argument list,
       and words of this variable's value are referred  to  in  special  ways.
       Some  of  the variables referred to by the shell are toggles; the shell
       does not care what their value is, only whether they are  set  or  not.
       For  instance,  the  verbose  variable is a toggle which causes command
       input to be echoed.  The -v command line  option  sets  this  variable.
       Special  shell  variables  lists all variables which are referred to by
       the shell.

       Other operations treat variables numerically.  The `@' command  permits
       numeric  calculations  to  be  performed  and  the result assigned to a
       variable.  Variable values are, however, always represented as (zero or
       more) strings.  For the purposes of numeric operations, the null string
       is considered to be zero, and the second and subsequent words of multi-
       word values are ignored.

       After  the input line is aliased and parsed, and before each command is
       executed, variable substitution is performed keyed by  `$'  characters.
       This  expansion can be prevented by preceding the `$' with a `\' except
       within `"'s where it always occurs, and  within  `''s  where  it  never
       occurs.   Strings  quoted  by  ``'  are  interpreted later (see Command
       substitution below) so `$' substitution  does  not  occur  there  until
       later,  if  at  all.  A `$' is passed unchanged if followed by a blank,
       tab, or end-of-line.

       Input/output redirections are recognized before variable expansion, and
       are  variable  expanded  separately.   Otherwise,  the command name and
       entire argument list are expanded together.  It is  thus  possible  for
       the  first  (command)  word  (to  this point) to generate more than one
       word, the first of which becomes the command  name,  and  the  rest  of
       which become arguments.

       Unless  enclosed  in  `"'  or  given  the  `:q' modifier the results of
       variable  substitution  may  eventually   be   command   and   filename
       substituted.   Within  `"', a variable whose value consists of multiple
       words expands to a (portion of a) single word, with the  words  of  the
       variable's  value  separated  by  blanks.   When  the  `:q' modifier is
       applied to a substitution the variable will expand  to  multiple  words
       with each word separated by a blank and quoted to prevent later command
       or filename substitution.

       The following  metasequences  are  provided  for  introducing  variable
       values  into  the  shell  input.   Except  as  noted, it is an error to
       reference a variable which is not set.

       ${name} Substitutes the words of  the  value  of  variable  name,  each
               separated  by  a  blank.   Braces  insulate name from following
               characters  which  would  otherwise  be  part  of  it.    Shell
               variables  have names consisting of letters and digits starting
               with a  letter.   The  underscore  character  is  considered  a
               letter.   If  name  is  not a shell variable, but is set in the
               environment, then that value is returned (but some of the other
               forms given below are not available in this case).
               Substitutes  only  the  selected  words from the value of name.
               The selector is subjected to `$' substitution and  may  consist
               of  a  single  number  or  two numbers separated by a `-'.  The
               first word of a variable's value is numbered `1'.  If the first
               number  of  a range is omitted it defaults to `1'.  If the last
               member of a range is omitted  it  defaults  to  `$#name'.   The
               selector `*' selects all words.  It is not an error for a range
               to be empty if the second argument is omitted or in range.
       $0      Substitutes the name of the file from which  command  input  is
               being read.  An error occurs if the name is not known.
               Equivalent to `$argv[number]'.
       $*      Equivalent to `$argv', which is equivalent to `$argv[*]'.

       The  `:'  modifiers  described  under  History substitution, except for
       `:p', can be applied to the substitutions above.  More than one may  be
       used.   (+)  Braces  may  be needed to insulate a variable substitution
       from a literal colon just as  with  History  substitution  (q.v.);  any
       modifiers must appear within the braces.

       The following substitutions can not be modified with `:' modifiers.

               Substitutes the string `1' if name is set, `0' if it is not.
       $?0     Substitutes  `1' if the current input filename is known, `0' if
               it is not.  Always `0' in interactive shells.
               Substitutes the number of words in name.
       $#      Equivalent to `$#argv'.  (+)
               Substitutes the number of characters in name.  (+)
               Substitutes the number of characters in $argv[number].  (+)
       $?      Equivalent to `$status'.  (+)
       $$      Substitutes the (decimal) process number of the (parent) shell.
       $!      Substitutes the (decimal) process number of the last background
               process started by this shell.  (+)
       $_      Substitutes the command line of the last command executed.  (+)
       $<      Substitutes  a  line  from  the standard input, with no further
               interpretation thereafter.  It can be used  to  read  from  the
               keyboard in a shell script.  (+) While csh always quotes $<, as
               if it were equivalent to `$<:q', tcsh does  not.   Furthermore,
               when  tcsh  is waiting for a line to be typed the user may type
               an interrupt to interrupt the sequence into which the  line  is
               to be substituted, but csh does not allow this.

       The  editor  command expand-variables, normally bound to `^X-$', can be
       used to interactively expand individual variables.

   Command, filename and directory stack substitution
       The remaining substitutions are applied selectively to the arguments of
       builtin  commands.   This  means that portions of expressions which are
       not evaluated are not subjected  to  these  expansions.   For  commands
       which  are  not  internal to the shell, the command name is substituted
       separately from the argument list.  This occurs very late, after input-
       output redirection is performed, and in a child of the main shell.

   Command substitution
       Command  substitution  is  indicated by a command enclosed in ``'.  The
       output from such a command is broken into  separate  words  at  blanks,
       tabs  and  newlines,  and  null  words  are  discarded.   The output is
       variable and command substituted and  put  in  place  of  the  original

       Command  substitutions  inside  double  quotes  (`"') retain blanks and
       tabs; only newlines force new words.  The single final newline does not
       force  a  new  word  in  any  case.   It is thus possible for a command
       substitution to yield only part of a word, even if the command  outputs
       a complete line.

       By  default,  the  shell  since  version  6.12 replaces all newline and
       carriage return characters in  the  command  by  spaces.   If  this  is
       switched  off  by  unsetting  csubstnonl, newlines separate commands as

   Filename substitution
       If a word contains any of the characters `*', `?', `[' or `{' or begins
       with  the  character  `~'  it is a candidate for filename substitution,
       also known as ``globbing''.  This word is then regarded  as  a  pattern
       (``glob-pattern''),  and replaced with an alphabetically sorted list of
       file names which match the pattern.

       In matching filenames, the character `.' at the beginning of a filename
       or  immediately  following  a `/', as well as the character `/' must be
       matched explicitly (unless either  globdot  or  globstar  or  both  are
       set(+)).  The character `*' matches any string of characters, including
       the null string.  The character `?' matches any single character.   The
       sequence  `[...]'  matches  any one of the characters enclosed.  Within
       `[...]', a pair of characters separated by `-'  matches  any  character
       lexically between the two.

       (+)  Some  glob-patterns  can be negated: The sequence `[^...]' matches
       any single character not specified by the characters and/or  ranges  of
       characters in the braces.

       An entire glob-pattern can also be negated with `^':

           > echo *
           bang crash crunch ouch
           > echo ^cr*
           bang ouch

       Glob-patterns  which  do not use `?', `*', or `[]' or which use `{}' or
       `~' (below) are not negated correctly.

       The metanotation `a{b,c,d}e' is a shorthand for `abe ace  ade'.   Left-
       to-right  order  is preserved: `/usr/source/s1/{oldls,ls}.c' expands to
       `/usr/source/s1/oldls.c /usr/source/s1/ls.c'.  The results  of  matches
       are   sorted  separately  at  a  low  level  to  preserve  this  order:
       `../{memo,*box}' might expand to `../memo ../box ../mbox'.  (Note  that
       `memo'  was not sorted with the results of matching `*box'.)  It is not
       an error when this construct expands to files which do not  exist,  but
       it  is  possible  to  get an error from a command to which the expanded
       list is passed.  This construct may be nested.  As a special  case  the
       words `{', `}' and `{}' are passed undisturbed.

       The  character  `~'  at  the  beginning  of  a  filename refers to home
       directories.  Standing alone, i.e., `~', it expands  to  the  invoker's
       home  directory  as  reflected in the value of the home shell variable.
       When  followed  by  a  name  consisting  of  letters,  digits  and  `-'
       characters the shell searches for a user with that name and substitutes
       their home directory;  thus  `~ken'  might  expand  to  `/usr/ken'  and
       `~ken/chmach'  to  `/usr/ken/chmach'.  If the character `~' is followed
       by a character other than a letter or `/' or appears elsewhere than  at
       the  beginning  of  a  word,  it  is  left undisturbed.  A command like
       `setenv MANPATH /usr/man:/usr/local/man:~/lib/man' does not, therefore,
       do home directory substitution as one might hope.

       It is an error for a glob-pattern containing `*', `?', `[' or `~', with
       or without `^', not to match any files.  However, only one pattern in a
       list  of  glob-patterns  must  match a file (so that, e.g., `rm *.a *.c
       *.o' would fail only if there were no files in  the  current  directory
       ending  in `.a', `.c', or `.o'), and if the nonomatch shell variable is
       set a pattern (or list of  patterns)  which  matches  nothing  is  left
       unchanged rather than causing an error.

       The globstar shell variable can be set to allow `**' or `***' as a file
       glob pattern that matches  any  string  of  characters  including  `/',
       recursively  traversing any existing sub-directories.  For example, `ls
       **.c' will list all the .c files in the  current  directory  tree.   If
       used  by itself, it will match match zero or more sub-directories (e.g.
       `ls /usr/include/**/time.h' will list any file named  `time.h'  in  the
       /usr/include  directory tree; `ls /usr/include/**time.h' will match any
       file in the /usr/include directory tree ending  in  `time.h';  and  `ls
       /usr/include/**time**.h' will match any .h file with `time' either in a
       subdirectory name or in the filename itself).  To prevent problems with
       recursion,  the `**' glob-pattern will not descend into a symbolic link
       containing a directory.  To override this, use `***' (+)

       The noglob shell variable can be set to prevent filename  substitution,
       and  the  expand-glob  editor command, normally bound to `^X-*', can be
       used to interactively expand individual filename substitutions.

   Directory stack substitution (+)
       The directory stack is a list of directories, numbered from zero,  used
       by  the  pushd, popd and dirs builtin commands (q.v.).  dirs can print,
       store in a file, restore and clear the directory stack at any time, and
       the  savedirs  and  dirsfile  shell  variables  can be set to store the
       directory stack automatically on logout and restore it on  login.   The
       dirstack  shell variable can be examined to see the directory stack and
       set to put arbitrary directories into the directory stack.

       The character `=' followed by one or more digits expands to an entry in
       the  directory  stack.   The  special  case  `=-'  expands  to the last
       directory in the stack.  For example,

           > dirs -v
           0       /usr/bin
           1       /usr/spool/uucp
           2       /usr/accts/sys
           > echo =1
           > echo =0/calendar
           > echo =-

       The noglob and nonomatch shell variables  and  the  expand-glob  editor
       command apply to directory stack as well as filename substitutions.

   Other substitutions (+)
       There   are  several  more  transformations  involving  filenames,  not
       strictly related to the above but mentioned here for completeness.  Any
       filename  may  be  expanded  to  a full path when the symlinks variable
       (q.v.) is set to `expand'.  Quoting prevents this  expansion,  and  the
       normalize-path editor command does it on demand.  The normalize-command
       editor command expands commands in PATH  into  full  paths  on  demand.
       Finally,  cd  and  pushd  interpret  `-'  as  the old working directory
       (equivalent to the shell variable owd).  This is not a substitution  at
       all,   but   an   abbreviation   recognized  by  only  those  commands.
       Nonetheless, it too can be prevented by quoting.

       The next three sections describe how the shell  executes  commands  and
       deals with their input and output.

   Simple commands, pipelines and sequences
       A  simple  command is a sequence of words, the first of which specifies
       the command to be executed.  A series of simple commands joined by  `|'
       characters  forms a pipeline.  The output of each command in a pipeline
       is connected to the input of the next.

       Simple commands and pipelines may be joined into  sequences  with  `;',
       and  will be executed sequentially.  Commands and pipelines can also be
       joined into sequences with `||'  or  `&&',  indicating,  as  in  the  C
       language,  that the second is to be executed only if the first fails or
       succeeds respectively.

       A simple command, pipeline or sequence may be  placed  in  parentheses,
       `()',  to  form a simple command, which may in turn be a component of a
       pipeline or sequence.  A command, pipeline or sequence can be  executed
       without waiting for it to terminate by following it with an `&'.

   Builtin and non-builtin command execution
       Builtin  commands are executed within the shell.  If any component of a
       pipeline except the last is a builtin command, the pipeline is executed
       in a subshell.

       Parenthesized commands are always executed in a subshell.

           (cd; pwd); pwd

       thus  prints  the  home directory, leaving you where you were (printing
       this after the home directory), while

           cd; pwd

       leaves you in the home  directory.   Parenthesized  commands  are  most
       often used to prevent cd from affecting the current shell.

       When  a command to be executed is found not to be a builtin command the
       shell attempts to execute the command via execve(2).  Each word in  the
       variable  path  names  a directory in which the shell will look for the
       command.  If the shell is not given a -f option, the shell  hashes  the
       names  in  these directories into an internal table so that it will try
       an execve(2) in only a directory where there is a possibility that  the
       command  resides  there.   This  greatly speeds command location when a
       large number of directories  are  present  in  the  search  path.  This
       hashing mechanism is not used:

       1.  If hashing is turned explicitly off via unhash.

       2.  If the shell was given a -f argument.

       3.  For  each  directory  component of path which does not begin with a

       4.  If the command contains a `/'.

       In the above four cases the shell concatenates each  component  of  the
       path  vector  with the given command name to form a path name of a file
       which it then attempts to execute it. If execution is  successful,  the
       search stops.

       If  the  file  has  execute permissions but is not an executable to the
       system (i.e., it is neither an executable  binary  nor  a  script  that
       specifies  its interpreter), then it is assumed to be a file containing
       shell commands and a new shell  is  spawned  to  read  it.   The  shell
       special alias may be set to specify an interpreter other than the shell

       On  systems  which  do  not  understand  the  `#!'  script  interpreter
       convention  the  shell  may  be compiled to emulate it; see the version
       shell variable.  If so, the shell checks the first line of the file  to
       see  if it is of the form `#!interpreter arg ...'.  If it is, the shell
       starts interpreter with the given args and feeds  the  file  to  it  on
       standard input.

       The  standard  input and standard output of a command may be redirected
       with the following syntax:

       < name  Open file name (which is first variable, command  and  filename
               expanded) as the standard input.
       << word Read  the  shell input up to a line which is identical to word.
               word  is  not  subjected  to  variable,  filename  or   command
               substitution,  and  each  input line is compared to word before
               any substitutions are  done  on  this  input  line.   Unless  a
               quoting  `\',  `"',  `'  or  ``'  appears  in word variable and
               command substitution is performed  on  the  intervening  lines,
               allowing  `\'  to  quote  `$', `\' and ``'.  Commands which are
               substituted have all  blanks,  tabs,  and  newlines  preserved,
               except  for  the final newline which is dropped.  The resultant
               text is placed in an anonymous temporary file which is given to
               the command as standard input.
       > name
       >! name
       >& name
       >&! name
               The file name is used as standard output.  If the file does not
               exist then it is created; if the file exists, it is  truncated,
               its previous contents being lost.

               If  the shell variable noclobber is set, then the file must not
               exist or be a character  special  file  (e.g.,  a  terminal  or
               `/dev/null')   or   an   error  results.   This  helps  prevent
               accidental destruction of files.  In this case  the  `!'  forms
               can be used to suppress this check.

               The  forms  involving  `&' route the diagnostic output into the
               specified file  as  well  as  the  standard  output.   name  is
               expanded in the same way as `<' input filenames are.
       >> name
       >>& name
       >>! name
       >>&! name
               Like  `>', but appends output to the end of name.  If the shell
               variable noclobber is set, then it is an error for the file not
               to exist, unless one of the `!' forms is given.

       A  command  receives  the environment in which the shell was invoked as
       modified by the input-output parameters and the presence of the command
       in  a pipeline.  Thus, unlike some previous shells, commands run from a
       file of shell commands have no access to the text of  the  commands  by
       default;  rather they receive the original standard input of the shell.
       The `<<' mechanism should be used to present inline data.  This permits
       shell command scripts to function as components of pipelines and allows
       the shell to block read its input.   Note  that  the  default  standard
       input  for  a command run detached is not the empty file /dev/null, but
       the original standard input of the shell.  If this is a terminal and if
       the  process  attempts to read from the terminal, then the process will
       block and the user will be notified (see Jobs).

       Diagnostic output may be directed through  a  pipe  with  the  standard
       output.  Simply use the form `|&' rather than just `|'.

       The  shell  cannot  presently  redirect  diagnostic output without also
       redirecting standard output, but `(command  >  output-file)  >&  error-
       file'  is often an acceptable workaround.  Either output-file or error-
       file may be `/dev/tty' to send output to the terminal.

       Having described how the shell accepts,  parses  and  executes  command
       lines, we now turn to a variety of its useful features.

   Control flow
       The  shell  contains a number of commands which can be used to regulate
       the flow of control in command files (shell scripts)  and  (in  limited
       but  useful  ways)  from terminal input.  These commands all operate by
       forcing the shell to reread or skip  in  its  input  and,  due  to  the
       implementation, restrict the placement of some of the commands.

       The  foreach, switch, and while statements, as well as the if-then-else
       form of the if statement, require that the major keywords appear  in  a
       single simple command on an input line as shown below.

       If  the  shell's  input  is  not  seekable,  the shell buffers up input
       whenever a loop is being read  and  performs  seeks  in  this  internal
       buffer to accomplish the rereading implied by the loop.  (To the extent
       that this allows, backward gotos will succeed on non-seekable inputs.)

       The if, while and exit builtin commands use expressions with  a  common
       syntax.   The expressions can include any of the operators described in
       the next three sections.  Note that the @ builtin  command  (q.v.)  has
       its own separate syntax.

   Logical, arithmetical and comparison operators
       These operators are similar to those of C and have the same precedence.
       They include

           ||  &&  |  ^  &  ==  !=  =~  !~  <=  >=
           <  > <<  >>  +  -  *  /  %  !  ~  (  )

       Here the precedence increases to the right, `==' `!='  `=~'  and  `!~',
       `<='  `>='  `<'  and  `>',  `<<' and `>>', `+' and `-', `*' `/' and `%'
       being, in groups, at the same level.   The  `=='  `!='  `=~'  and  `!~'
       operators  compare  their  arguments  as strings; all others operate on
       numbers.  The operators `=~' and `!~' are like  `!='  and  `=='  except
       that  the right hand side is a glob-pattern (see Filename substitution)
       against which the left hand operand is matched.  This reduces the  need
       for use of the switch builtin command in shell scripts when all that is
       really needed is pattern matching.

       Null or missing arguments are  considered  `0'.   The  results  of  all
       expressions  are  strings,  which  represent  decimal  numbers.   It is
       important to note that no two components of an expression can appear in
       the  same word; except when adjacent to components of expressions which
       are syntactically significant to the parser (`&' `|' `<' `>'  `('  `)')
       they should be surrounded by spaces.

   Command exit status
       Commands  can be executed in expressions and their exit status returned
       by enclosing them in braces (`{}').  Remember that the braces should be
       separated  from the words of the command by spaces.  Command executions
       succeed, returning true, i.e., `1', if the command exits with status 0,
       otherwise  they  fail,  returning  false,  i.e., `0'.  If more detailed
       status information is required then  the  command  should  be  executed
       outside of an expression and the status shell variable examined.

   File inquiry operators
       Some  of  these operators perform true/false tests on files and related
       objects.  They are of the form -op file, where op is one of

           r   Read access
           w   Write access
           x   Execute access
           X   Executable in the path or shell builtin, e.g., `-X ls' and  `-X
               ls-F' are generally true, but `-X /bin/ls' is not (+)
           e   Existence
           o   Ownership
           z   Zero size
           s   Non-zero size (+)
           f   Plain file
           d   Directory
           l   Symbolic link (+) *
           b   Block special file (+)
           c   Character special file (+)
           p   Named pipe (fifo) (+) *
           S   Socket special file (+) *
           u   Set-user-ID bit is set (+)
           g   Set-group-ID bit is set (+)
           k   Sticky bit is set (+)
           t   file  (which  must be a digit) is an open file descriptor for a
               terminal device (+)
           R   Has been migrated (Convex only) (+)
           L   Applies subsequent operators in a multiple-operator test  to  a
               symbolic  link rather than to the file to which the link points
               (+) *

       file is command and filename expanded and then tested to see if it  has
       the specified relationship to the real user.  If file does not exist or
       is inaccessible  or,  for  the  operators  indicated  by  `*',  if  the
       specified  file  type  does  not  exist on the current system, then all
       enquiries return false, i.e., `0'.

       These  operators  may  be  combined  for  conciseness:  `-xy  file'  is
       equivalent  to  `-x  file  && -y file'.  (+) For example, `-fx' is true
       (returns `1') for plain executable files, but not for directories.

       L may be used in a multiple-operator test to apply subsequent operators
       to  a  symbolic  link rather than to the file to which the link points.
       For example, `-lLo' is true for links owned by the invoking user.   Lr,
       Lw  and  Lx are always true for links and false for non-links.  L has a
       different meaning when it is the last operator in  a  multiple-operator
       test; see below.

       It  is  possible  but  not useful, and sometimes misleading, to combine
       operators which expect file to be a file with operators  which  do  not
       (e.g.,  X  and  t).   Following  L with a non-file operator can lead to
       particularly strange results.

       Other operators return other information, i.e., not just  `0'  or  `1'.
       (+) They have the same format as before; op may be one of

           A       Last  file  access time, as the number of seconds since the
           A:      Like A, but in timestamp format, e.g., `Fri May 14 16:36:10
           M       Last file modification time
           M:      Like M, but in timestamp format
           C       Last inode modification time
           C:      Like C, but in timestamp format
           D       Device number
           I       Inode number
           F       Composite file identifier, in the form device:inode
           L       The name of the file pointed to by a symbolic link
           N       Number of (hard) links
           P       Permissions, in octal, without leading zero
           P:      Like P, with leading zero
           Pmode   Equivalent  to  `-P file & mode', e.g., `-P22 file' returns
                   `22' if file is writable by group and  other,  `20'  if  by
                   group only, and `0' if by neither
           Pmode:  Like Pmode, with leading zero
           U       Numeric userid
           U:      Username, or the numeric userid if the username is unknown
           G       Numeric groupid
           G:      Groupname,  or  the  numeric  groupid  if  the groupname is
           Z       Size, in bytes

       Only one of these operators may appear in a multiple-operator test, and
       it must be the last.  Note that L has a different meaning at the end of
       and elsewhere in a multiple-operator test.   Because  `0'  is  a  valid
       return  value  for many of these operators, they do not return `0' when
       they fail: most return `-1', and F returns `:'.

       If the shell is compiled with POSIX  defined  (see  the  version  shell
       variable), the result of a file inquiry is based on the permission bits
       of the file and not on the result of the access(2)  system  call.   For
       example, if one tests a file with -w whose permissions would ordinarily
       allow writing but which is on a file system mounted read-only, the test
       will succeed in a POSIX shell but fail in a non-POSIX shell.

       File  inquiry operators can also be evaluated with the filetest builtin
       command (q.v.) (+).

       The shell associates a job with each pipeline.  It  keeps  a  table  of
       current  jobs,  printed  by  the  jobs  command, and assigns them small
       integer numbers.  When a job is started asynchronously  with  `&',  the
       shell prints a line which looks like

           [1] 1234

       indicating that the job which was started asynchronously was job number
       1 and had one (top-level) process, whose process id was 1234.

       If you are running a job and wish to do something else you may hit  the
       suspend  key  (usually  `^Z'), which sends a STOP signal to the current
       job.  The shell will then normally  indicate  that  the  job  has  been
       `Suspended'  and  print another prompt.  If the listjobs shell variable
       is set, all jobs will be listed like the jobs builtin command; if it is
       set  to `long' the listing will be in long format, like `jobs -l'.  You
       can then manipulate the state of the suspended job.  You can put it  in
       the  ``background''  with the bg command or run some other commands and
       eventually bring the job back into the ``foreground''  with  fg.   (See
       also   the   run-fg-editor   editor  command.)   A  `^Z'  takes  effect
       immediately and is like an interrupt in that pending output and  unread
       input  are discarded when it is typed.  The wait builtin command causes
       the shell to wait for all background jobs to complete.

       The `^]' key sends a delayed suspend signal, which does not generate  a
       STOP signal until a program attempts to read(2) it, to the current job.
       This can usefully be typed ahead when you have prepared  some  commands
       for  a job which you wish to stop after it has read them.  The `^Y' key
       performs this function in csh(1); in tcsh, `^Y' is an editing  command.

       A  job  being  run in the background stops if it tries to read from the
       terminal.  Background jobs are normally allowed to produce output,  but
       this  can  be disabled by giving the command `stty tostop'.  If you set
       this tty option, then background  jobs  will  stop  when  they  try  to
       produce output like they do when they try to read input.

       There  are  several  ways to refer to jobs in the shell.  The character
       `%' introduces a job name.  If you wish to refer to job number  1,  you
       can  name  it  as `%1'.  Just naming a job brings it to the foreground;
       thus `%1' is a synonym for `fg  %1',  bringing  job  1  back  into  the
       foreground.   Similarly, saying `%1 &' resumes job 1 in the background,
       just like `bg %1'.  A job can also be named by an unambiguous prefix of
       the  string  typed  in  to  start  it:  `%ex'  would normally restart a
       suspended ex(1) job, if there were only one suspended  job  whose  name
       began  with  the string `ex'.  It is also possible to say `%?string' to
       specify a job whose text contains string, if there  is  only  one  such

       The  shell  maintains  a  notion  of the current and previous jobs.  In
       output pertaining to jobs, the current job is marked with a `+' and the
       previous  job with a `-'.  The abbreviations `%+', `%', and (by analogy
       with the syntax of the history mechanism) `%%' all refer to the current
       job, and `%-' refers to the previous job.

       The job control mechanism requires that the stty(1) option `new' be set
       on some systems.  It is an artifact from a `new' implementation of  the
       tty  driver  which  allows  generation of interrupt characters from the
       keyboard to tell jobs to stop.   See  stty(1)  and  the  setty  builtin
       command for details on setting options in the new tty driver.

   Status reporting
       The  shell  learns  immediately  whenever  a process changes state.  It
       normally informs you whenever a job becomes blocked so that no  further
       progress  is  possible, but only right before it prints a prompt.  This
       is done so that it does not otherwise disturb your work.  If,  however,
       you   set  the  shell  variable  notify,  the  shell  will  notify  you
       immediately of changes of status in background jobs.  There is  also  a
       shell  command  notify  which marks a single process so that its status
       changes will be immediately reported.   By  default  notify  marks  the
       current process; simply say `notify' after starting a background job to
       mark it.

       When you try to leave the shell while jobs are  stopped,  you  will  be
       warned that `There are suspended jobs.' You may use the jobs command to
       see what they are.  If you do this or immediately try  to  exit  again,
       the  shell will not warn you a second time, and the suspended jobs will
       be terminated.

   Automatic, periodic and timed events (+)
       There  are  various  ways  to  run  commands  and  take  other  actions
       automatically  at  various  times  in  the ``life cycle'' of the shell.
       They are summarized here, and described in detail under the appropriate
       Builtin commands, Special shell variables and Special aliases.

       The  sched  builtin command puts commands in a scheduled-event list, to
       be executed by the shell at a given time.

       The beepcmd, cwdcmd, periodic,  precmd,  postcmd,  and  jobcmd  Special
       aliases  can  be  set, respectively, to execute commands when the shell
       wants to ring the bell,  when  the  working  directory  changes,  every
       tperiod minutes, before each prompt, before each command gets executed,
       after each command gets executed, and when  a  job  is  started  or  is
       brought into the foreground.

       The  autologout  shell variable can be set to log out or lock the shell
       after a given number of minutes of inactivity.

       The mail shell variable can be set to check for new mail periodically.

       The printexitvalue shell variable can be set to print the  exit  status
       of commands which exit with a status other than zero.

       The  rmstar  shell  variable can be set to ask the user, when `rm *' is
       typed, if that is really what was meant.

       The time shell variable can be set to execute the time builtin  command
       after the completion of any process that takes more than a given number
       of CPU seconds.

       The watch and who shell variables can be set to  report  when  selected
       users log in or out, and the log builtin command reports on those users
       at any time.

   Native Language System support (+)
       The shell is eight bit clean (if so compiled;  see  the  version  shell
       variable)  and  thus  supports  character sets needing this capability.
       NLS support differs depending on whether or not the shell was  compiled
       to  use  the  system's NLS (again, see version).  In either case, 7-bit
       ASCII is the default character code (e.g., the classification of  which
       characters  are  printable)  and  sorting,  and  changing  the  LANG or
       LC_CTYPE environment variables causes a check for possible  changes  in
       these respects.

       When  using  the  system's  NLS, the setlocale(3) function is called to
       determine appropriate character code/classification and sorting  (e.g.,
       a  'en_CA.UTF-8'  would  yield  "UTF-8"  as  a  character  code).  This
       function  typically  examines  the  LANG   and   LC_CTYPE   environment
       variables; refer to the system documentation for further details.  When
       not using the system's NLS, the shell simulates it by assuming that the
       ISO  8859-1  character  set  is  used  whenever  either of the LANG and
       LC_CTYPE variables are set, regardless of their values.  Sorting is not
       affected for the simulated NLS.

       In addition, with both real and simulated NLS, all printable characters
       in the range -, i.e., those  that  have  M-char  bindings,  are
       automatically   rebound   to  self-insert-command.   The  corresponding
       binding for the escape-char sequence, if any,  is  left  alone.   These
       characters are not rebound if the NOREBIND environment variable is set.
       This may be useful for the simulated NLS or a primitive real NLS  which
       assumes  full  ISO 8859-1.  Otherwise, all M-char bindings in the range
       - are effectively undone.  Explicitly  rebinding  the  relevant
       keys with bindkey is of course still possible.

       Unknown  characters (i.e., those that are neither printable nor control
       characters) are printed in the format 
nn.  If the tty is not in 8 bit
       mode,  other  8  bit characters are printed by converting them to ASCII
       and using standout mode.  The shell never changes the 7/8 bit  mode  of
       the  tty  and tracks user-initiated changes of 7/8 bit mode.  NLS users
       (or, for that matter, those who want to use a meta  key)  may  need  to
       explicitly  set  the  tty in 8 bit mode through the appropriate stty(1)
       command in, e.g., the ~/.login file.

   OS variant support (+)
       A number of new builtin commands are provided to  support  features  in
       particular  operating  systems.   All  are  described  in detail in the
       Builtin commands section.

       On  systems  that  support  TCF  (aix-ibm370,  aix-ps2),  getspath  and
       setspath  get  and set the system execution path, getxvers and setxvers
       get and set  the  experimental  version  prefix  and  migrate  migrates
       processes  between  sites.   The  jobs builtin prints the site on which
       each job is executing.

       Under BS2000, bs2cmd executes commands  of  the  underlying  BS2000/OSD
       operating system.

       Under   Domain/OS,   inlib   adds   shared  libraries  to  the  current
       environment, rootnode changes the rootnode and ver changes the systype.

       Under Mach, setpath is equivalent to Mach's setpath(1).

       Under Masscomp/RTU and Harris CX/UX, universe sets the universe.

       Under Harris CX/UX, ucb or att  runs  a  command  under  the  specified

       Under Convex/OS, warp prints or sets the universe.

       The   VENDOR,   OSTYPE  and  MACHTYPE  environment  variables  indicate
       respectively  the   vendor,   operating   system   and   machine   type
       (microprocessor  class  or  machine  model)  of the system on which the
       shell thinks it is running.  These are particularly useful when sharing
       one's  home  directory  between several types of machines; one can, for

           set path = (~/bin.$MACHTYPE /usr/ucb /bin /usr/bin .)

       in one's ~/.login and put executables compiled for each machine in  the
       appropriate directory.

       The  version shell variable indicates what options were chosen when the
       shell was compiled.

       Note  also  the  newgrp  builtin,  the  afsuser  and  echo_style  shell
       variables and the system-dependent locations of the shell's input files
       (see FILES).

   Signal handling
       Login shells ignore interrupts when reading the  file  ~/.logout.   The
       shell  ignores quit signals unless started with -q.  Login shells catch
       the terminate  signal,  but  non-login  shells  inherit  the  terminate
       behavior  from  their parents.  Other signals have the values which the
       shell inherited from its parent.

       In shell scripts, the  shell's  handling  of  interrupt  and  terminate
       signals  can be controlled with onintr, and its handling of hangups can
       be controlled with hup and nohup.

       The shell exits on a hangup (see also the logout shell  variable).   By
       default,  the shell's children do too, but the shell does not send them
       a hangup when it exits.  hup arranges for the shell to send a hangup to
       a child when it exits, and nohup sets a child to ignore hangups.

   Terminal management (+)
       The  shell  uses  three  different  sets  of  terminal (``tty'') modes:
       `edit',  used  when  editing,  `quote',  used  when   quoting   literal
       characters,  and  `execute',  used  when executing commands.  The shell
       holds some settings in each mode constant, so commands which leave  the
       tty  in  a  confused  state do not interfere with the shell.  The shell
       also matches changes in the speed and padding of the tty.  The list  of
       tty  modes that are kept constant can be examined and modified with the
       setty builtin.  Note that although the editor uses CBREAK mode (or  its
       equivalent), it takes typed-ahead characters anyway.

       The  echotc,  settc  and  telltc commands can be used to manipulate and
       debug terminal capabilities from the command line.

       On systems that support SIGWINCH or  SIGWINDOW,  the  shell  adapts  to
       window  resizing  automatically  and  adjusts the environment variables
       LINES and COLUMNS if set.  If the environment variable TERMCAP contains
       li#  and  co#  fields, the shell adjusts them to reflect the new window


       The next sections of this manual describe all of the available  Builtin
       commands, Special aliases and Special shell variables.

   Builtin commands
       %job    A synonym for the fg builtin command.

       %job &  A synonym for the bg builtin command.

       :       Does nothing, successfully.

       @ name = expr
       @ name[index] = expr
       @ name++|--
       @ name[index]++|--
               The first form prints the values of all shell variables.

               The  second  form assigns the value of expr to name.  The third
               form assigns the value of expr to  the  index'th  component  of
               name; both name and its index'th component must already exist.

               expr  may  contain  the  operators `*', `+', etc., as in C.  If
               expr contains `<', `>', `&' or `' then at least  that  part  of
               expr  must be placed within `()'.  Note that the syntax of expr
               has nothing to do with that described under Expressions.

               The fourth and fifth forms increment (`++') or decrement (`--')
               name or its index'th component.

               The space between `@' and name is required.  The spaces between
               name and `=' and between `=' and expr are optional.  Components
               of expr must be separated by spaces.

       alias [name [wordlist]]
               Without  arguments,  prints all aliases.  With name, prints the
               alias for name.  With name and wordlist,  assigns  wordlist  as
               the   alias   of   name.   wordlist  is  command  and  filename
               substituted.  name may not be `alias' or `unalias'.   See  also
               the unalias builtin command.

       alloc   Shows  the  amount of dynamic memory acquired, broken down into
               used and free memory.  With an argument  shows  the  number  of
               free  and  used  blocks  in each size category.  The categories
               start at size 8 and double at each step.  This command's output
               may  vary  across  system types, because systems other than the
               VAX may use a different memory allocator.

       bg [%job ...]
               Puts the specified jobs (or,  without  arguments,  the  current
               job)  into  the  background,  continuing each if it is stopped.
               job may be a number, a string, `', `%', `+' or `-' as described
               under Jobs.

       bindkey [-l|-d|-e|-v|-u] (+)
       bindkey [-a] [-b] [-k] [-r] [--] key (+)
       bindkey [-a] [-b] [-k] [-c|-s] [--] key command (+)
               Without  options,  the  first form lists all bound keys and the
               editor command to which each is bound, the  second  form  lists
               the  editor  command  to  which key is bound and the third form
               binds the editor command command to key.  Options include:

               -l  Lists all editor commands and a short description of each.
               -d  Binds all keys to the standard  bindings  for  the  default
               -e  Binds all keys to the standard GNU Emacs-like bindings.
               -v  Binds all keys to the standard vi(1)-like bindings.
               -a  Lists  or  changes key-bindings in the alternative key map.
                   This is the key map used in vi command mode.
               -b  key  is  interpreted  as  a   control   character   written
                   ^character  (e.g.,  `^A')  or  C-character (e.g., `C-A'), a
                   meta  character  written  M-character  (e.g.,   `M-A'),   a
                   function  key  written  F-string  (e.g., `F-string'), or an
                   extended prefix key written X-character (e.g., `X-A').
               -k  key is interpreted as a symbolic arrow key name, which  may
                   be one of `down', `up', `left' or `right'.
               -r  Removes  key's  binding.  Be careful: `bindkey -r' does not
                   bind key to  self-insert-command  (q.v.),  it  unbinds  key
               -c  command  is  interpreted  as  a builtin or external command
                   instead of an editor command.
               -s  command is  taken  as  a  literal  string  and  treated  as
                   terminal  input  when  key is typed.  Bound keys in command
                   are themselves reinterpreted, and this  continues  for  ten
                   levels of interpretation.
               --  Forces  a break from option processing, so the next word is
                   taken as key even if it begins with '-'.
               -u (or any invalid option)
                   Prints a usage message.

               key may be a single character or a string.   If  a  command  is
               bound  to  a string, the first character of the string is bound
               to sequence-lead-in and the  entire  string  is  bound  to  the

               Control  characters in key can be literal (they can be typed by
               preceding them with the editor command quoted-insert,  normally
               bound  to  `^V')  or written caret-character style, e.g., `^A'.
               Delete is written `^?'  (caret-question mark).  key and command
               can  contain  backslashed  escape  sequences  (in  the style of
               System V echo(1)) as follows:

                   \a      Bell
                   \b      Backspace
                         Form feed
      Carriage return
                   	      Horizontal tab
                         Vertical tab
                   \nnn    The ASCII  character  corresponding  to  the  octal
                           number nnn

               `\'  nullifies  the special meaning of the following character,
               if it has any, notably `\' and `^'.

       bs2cmd bs2000-command (+)
               Passes bs2000-command to the  BS2000  command  interpreter  for
               execution.  Only  non-interactive commands can be executed, and
               it is not possible to execute any command  that  would  overlay
               the  image  of  the  current  process,  like /EXECUTE or /CALL-
               PROCEDURE. (BS2000 only)

       break   Causes execution  to  resume  after  the  end  of  the  nearest
               enclosing  foreach  or  while.   The  remaining commands on the
               current  line  are  executed.   Multi-level  breaks  are   thus
               possible by writing them all on one line.

       breaksw Causes a break from a switch, resuming after the endsw.

       builtins (+)
               Prints the names of all builtin commands.

       bye (+) A  synonym  for  the logout builtin command.  Available only if
               the shell was so compiled; see the version shell variable.

       case label:
               A label in a switch statement as discussed below.

       cd [-p] [-l] [-n|-v] [I--] [name]
               If a directory name  is  given,  changes  the  shell's  working
               directory to name.  If not, changes to home.  If name is `-' it
               is interpreted as the previous  working  directory  (see  Other
               substitutions).   (+)  If  name  is  not  a subdirectory of the
               current directory (and does not begin with `/', `./' or `../'),
               each  component  of the variable cdpath is checked to see if it
               has a subdirectory name.  Finally, if all else fails  but  name
               is  a  shell variable whose value begins with `/', then this is
               tried to see if it is a directory.

               With -p, prints the final directory stack, just like dirs.  The
               -l,  -n and -v flags have the same effect on cd as on dirs, and
               they imply -p.   (+)  Using  --  forces  a  break  from  option
               processing so the next word is taken as the directory name even
               if it begins with '-'. (+)

               See also the implicitcd shell variable.

       chdir   A synonym for the cd builtin command.

       complete [command [word/pattern/list[:select]/[[suffix]/] ...]] (+)
               Without arguments, lists all completions.  With command,  lists
               completions  for  command.  With command and word etc., defines

               command may be a full  command  name  or  a  glob-pattern  (see
               Filename substitution).  It can begin with `-' to indicate that
               completion should be used only when command is ambiguous.

               word specifies which word relative to the current word is to be
               completed, and may be one of the following:

                   c   Current-word  completion.   pattern  is  a glob-pattern
                       which must match the beginning of the current  word  on
                       the  command  line.  pattern is ignored when completing
                       the current word.
                   C   Like  c,  but  includes  pattern  when  completing  the
                       current word.
                   n   Next-word  completion.  pattern is a glob-pattern which
                       must match the beginning of the previous  word  on  the
                       command line.
                   N   Like  n,  but  must match the beginning of the word two
                       before the current word.
                   p   Position-dependent completion.  pattern  is  a  numeric
                       range,  with  the  same  syntax  used  to  index  shell
                       variables, which must include the current word.

               list, the list of possible  completions,  may  be  one  of  the

                   a       Aliases
                   b       Bindings (editor commands)
                   c       Commands (builtin or external commands)
                   C       External  commands  which  begin  with the supplied
                           path prefix
                   d       Directories
                   D       Directories which  begin  with  the  supplied  path
                   e       Environment variables
                   f       Filenames
                   F       Filenames which begin with the supplied path prefix
                   g       Groupnames
                   j       Jobs
                   l       Limits
                   n       Nothing
                   s       Shell variables
                   S       Signals
                   t       Plain (``text'') files
                   T       Plain   (``text'')   files  which  begin  with  the
                           supplied path prefix
                   v       Any variables
                   u       Usernames
                   x       Like n, but  prints  select  when  list-choices  is
                   X       Completions
                   $var    Words from the variable var
                   (...)   Words from the given list
                   `...`   Words from the output of command

               select  is an optional glob-pattern.  If given, words from only
               list that match select are considered  and  the  fignore  shell
               variable  is  ignored.   The last three types of completion may
               not have a select pattern, and x uses select as an  explanatory
               message when the list-choices editor command is used.

               suffix  is  a  single  character to be appended to a successful
               completion.  If null, no character is appended.  If omitted (in
               which  case  the fourth delimiter can also be omitted), a slash
               is appended to directories and a space to other words.

               command invoked from `...` version has  additional  environment
               variable  set,  the  variable name is COMMAND_LINE and contains
               (as its name indicates) contents of the current (already  typed
               in)  command  line.  One  can  examine  and use contents of the
               COMMAND_LINE variable  in  her  custom  script  to  build  more
               sophisticated  completions  (see completion for svn(1) included
               in this package).

               Now for some examples.  Some commands take only directories  as
               arguments, so there's no point completing plain files.

                   > complete cd 'p/1/d/'

               completes  only  the  first  word following `cd' (`p/1') with a
               directory.  p-type completion can also be used to  narrow  down
               command completion:

                   > co[^D]
                   complete compress
                   > complete -co* 'p/0/(compress)/'
                   > co[^D]
                   > compress

               This completion completes commands (words in position 0, `p/0')
               which begin with `co' (thus matching `co*') to `compress'  (the
               only  word  in  the list).  The leading `-' indicates that this
               completion is to be used with only ambiguous commands.

                   > complete find 'n/-user/u/'

               is an example of n-type completion.  Any word following  `find'
               and immediately following `-user' is completed from the list of

                   > complete cc 'c/-I/d/'

               demonstrates c-type completion.  Any word  following  `cc'  and
               beginning  with  `-I' is completed as a directory.  `-I' is not
               taken as part of the directory because we used lowercase c.

               Different lists are useful with different commands.

                   > complete alias 'p/1/a/'
                   > complete man 'p/*/c/'
                   > complete set 'p/1/s/'
                   > complete true 'p/1/x:Truth has no options./'

               These complete words following `alias' with aliases, `man' with
               commands,  and `set' with shell variables.  `true' doesn't have
               any options, so x does nothing when completion is attempted and
               prints  `Truth  has  no  options.'  when completion choices are

               Note that the man example, and several  other  examples  below,
               could just as well have used 'c/*' or 'n/*' as 'p/*'.

               Words  can be completed from a variable evaluated at completion

                   > complete ftp 'p/1/$hostnames/'
                   > set hostnames = (
                   > ftp [^D]
                   > ftp [^C]
                   >  set  hostnames  =   (
                   > ftp [^D]

               or from a command run at completion time:

                   > complete kill 'p/*/`ps | awk \{print\ \$1\}`/'
                   > kill -9 [^D]
                   23113 23377 23380 23406 23429 23529 23530 PID

               Note  that  the  complete  command  does  not  itself quote its
               arguments, so the braces, space and `$' in `{print $1}' must be
               quoted explicitly.

               One command can have multiple completions:

                   > complete dbx 'p/2/(core)/' 'p/*/c/'

               completes the second argument to `dbx' with the word `core' and
               all other arguments with commands.  Note  that  the  positional
               completion   is  specified  before  the  next-word  completion.
               Because completions are evaluated from left to  right,  if  the
               next-word completion were specified first it would always match
               and the positional completion would never be executed.  This is
               a common mistake when defining a completion.

               The  select  pattern  is useful when a command takes files with
               only particular forms as arguments.  For example,

                   > complete cc 'p/*/f:*.[cao]/'

               completes `cc' arguments to files ending in only `.c', `.a', or
               `.o'.  select can also exclude files, using negation of a glob-
               pattern as described under Filename  substitution.   One  might

                   > complete rm 'p/*/f:^*.{c,h,cc,C,tex,1,man,l,y}/'

               to  exclude  precious  source  code  from  `rm' completion.  Of
               course,  one  could  still  type  excluded  names  manually  or
               override  the  completion mechanism using the complete-word-raw
               or list-choices-raw editor commands (q.v.).

               The `C', `D', `F' and `T' lists are like `c', `d', `f' and  `t'
               respectively,  but  they use the select argument in a different
               way:  to  restrict  completion  to  files  beginning   with   a
               particular path prefix.  For example, the Elm mail program uses
               `=' as an abbreviation for one's mail directory.  One might use

                   > complete elm c@=@F:$HOME/Mail/@

               to complete `elm -f =' as if it were `elm  -f  ~/Mail/'.   Note
               that  we  used  `@'  instead of `/' to avoid confusion with the
               select argument, and we used `$HOME'  instead  of  `~'  because
               home  directory  substitution  works at only the beginning of a

               suffix is used to add a nonstandard suffix (not  space  or  `/'
               for directories) to completed words.

                   > complete finger 'c/*@/$hostnames/' 'p/1/u/@'

               completes arguments to `finger' from the list of users, appends
               an `@', and then completes after the `@' from  the  `hostnames'
               variable.   Note  again  the order in which the completions are

               Finally, here's a complex example for inspiration:

                   > complete find \
                   'n/-name/f/' 'n/-newer/f/' 'n/-{,n}cpio/f/' \
                   ´n/-exec/c/' 'n/-ok/c/' 'n/-user/u/' \
                   'n/-group/g/' 'n/-fstype/(nfs 4.2)/' \
                   'n/-type/(b c d f l p s)/' \
                   ´c/-/(name newer cpio ncpio exec ok user \
                   group fstype type atime ctime depth inum \
                   ls mtime nogroup nouser perm print prune \
                   size xdev)/' \

               This completes words following `-name',  `-newer',  `-cpio'  or
               `ncpio'  (note  the pattern which matches both) to files, words
               following `-exec' or `-ok' to commands, words following  `user'
               and   `group'  to  users  and  groups  respectively  and  words
               following `-fstype' or `-type' to members of the  given  lists.
               It  also  completes the switches themselves from the given list
               (note the use of c-type completion) and completes anything  not
               otherwise completed to a directory.  Whew.

               Remember  that  programmed  completions are ignored if the word
               being completed is a tilde substitution (beginning with `~') or
               a  variable  (beginning with `$').  complete is an experimental
               feature, and the syntax may change in future  versions  of  the
               shell.  See also the uncomplete builtin command.

               Continues  execution of the nearest enclosing while or foreach.
               The rest of the commands on the current line are executed.

               Labels the default case in a switch statement.  It should  come
               after all case labels.

       dirs [-l] [-n|-v]
       dirs -S|-L [filename] (+)
       dirs -c (+)
               The  first  form  prints  the  directory stack.  The top of the
               stack is at the left and the first directory in  the  stack  is
               the  current  directory.  With -l, `~' or `~name' in the output
               is expanded explicitly to home or  the  pathname  of  the  home
               directory  for  user  name.   (+)  With -n, entries are wrapped
               before they reach the edge of the screen.  (+) With -v, entries
               are  printed  one  per line, preceded by their stack positions.
               (+) If more than one of -n or -v is given, -v takes precedence.
               -p is accepted but does nothing.

               With  -S, the second form saves the directory stack to filename
               as a series of cd and  pushd  commands.   With  -L,  the  shell
               sources  filename,  which  is presumably a directory stack file
               saved by the -S option or the savedirs  mechanism.   In  either
               case,  dirsfile is used if filename is not given and ~/.cshdirs
               is used if dirsfile is unset.

               Note that login shells  do  the  equivalent  of  `dirs  -L'  on
               startup  and,  if  savedirs  is  set, `dirs -S' before exiting.
               Because only ~/.tcshrc is normally sourced  before  ~/.cshdirs,
               dirsfile should be set in ~/.tcshrc rather than ~/.login.

               The last form clears the directory stack.

       echo [-n] word ...
               Writes  each  word to the shell's standard output, separated by
               spaces and terminated with a  newline.   The  echo_style  shell
               variable  may  be  set to emulate (or not) the flags and escape
               sequences of the BSD and/or System  V  versions  of  echo;  see

       echotc [-sv] arg ... (+)
               Exercises  the  terminal capabilities (see termcap(5)) in args.
               For example,  'echotc  home'  sends  the  cursor  to  the  home
               position, 'echotc cm 3 10' sends it to column 3 and row 10, and
               'echotc ts 0; echo "This is a test."; echotc fs'  prints  "This
               is a test."  in the status line.

               If arg is 'baud', 'cols', 'lines', 'meta' or 'tabs', prints the
               value of that capability ("yes" or  "no"  indicating  that  the
               terminal does or does not have that capability).  One might use
               this to make the output from a shell  script  less  verbose  on
               slow  terminals, or limit command output to the number of lines
               on the screen:

                   > set history=`echotc lines`

                   > @ history--
               Termcap strings may  contain  wildcards  which  will  not  echo
               correctly.   One  should use double quotes when setting a shell
               variable to a terminal capability string, as in  the  following
               example that places the date in the status line:

                   > set tosl="`echotc ts 0`"
                   > set frsl="`echotc fs`"
                   > echo -n "$tosl";date; echo -n "$frsl"

               With  -s,  nonexistent  capabilities  return  the  empty string
               rather than causing an error.  With -v, messages are verbose.

       endsw   See the description of  the  foreach,  if,  switch,  and  while
               statements below.

       eval arg ...
               Treats  the  arguments  as  input to the shell and executes the
               resulting command(s) in the context of the current shell.  This
               is  usually used to execute commands generated as the result of
               command or variable substitution, because parsing occurs before
               these substitutions.  See tset(1) for a sample use of eval.

       exec command
               Executes the specified command in place of the current shell.

       exit [expr]
               The shell exits either with the value of the specified expr (an
               expression, as described under Expressions) or,  without  expr,
               with the value 0.

       fg [%job ...]
               Brings  the  specified jobs (or, without arguments, the current
               job) into the foreground, continuing each  if  it  is  stopped.
               job may be a number, a string, `', `%', `+' or `-' as described
               under Jobs.  See also the run-fg-editor editor command.

       filetest -op file ... (+)
               Applies op (which is a file inquiry operator as described under
               File inquiry operators) to each file and returns the results as
               a space-separated list.

       foreach name (wordlist)
       end     Successively sets the variable name to each member of  wordlist
               and  executes the sequence of commands between this command and
               the matching end.  (Both foreach and end must appear  alone  on
               separate  lines.)   The builtin command continue may be used to
               continue the loop prematurely and the builtin command break  to
               terminate  it  prematurely.  When this command is read from the
               terminal, the loop is read once prompting with `foreach? '  (or
               prompt2)  before  any  statements in the loop are executed.  If
               you make a mistake typing in a loop at the terminal you can rub
               it out.

       getspath (+)
               Prints the system execution path.  (TCF only)

       getxvers (+)
               Prints the experimental version prefix.  (TCF only)

       glob wordlist
               Like  echo,  but the `-n' parameter is not recognized and words
               are delimited by null characters in  the  output.   Useful  for
               programs  which wish to use the shell to filename expand a list
               of words.

       goto word
               word is filename and command-substituted to yield a  string  of
               the  form  `label'.   The  shell  rewinds  its input as much as
               possible, searches for a line of the  form  `label:',  possibly
               preceded  by blanks or tabs, and continues execution after that

               Prints a statistics line indicating how effective the  internal
               hash table has been at locating commands (and avoiding exec's).
               An exec is attempted for each component of the path  where  the
               hash  function  indicates a possible hit, and in each component
               which does not begin with a `/'.

               On machines without vfork(2), prints only the number  and  size
               of hash buckets.

       history [-hTr] [n]
       history -S|-L|-M [filename] (+)
       history -c (+)
               The  first  form  prints the history event list.  If n is given
               only the n most recent events are printed or saved.   With  -h,
               the  history list is printed without leading numbers.  If -T is
               specified, timestamps are printed also in comment form.   (This
               can be used to produce files suitable for loading with 'history
               -L' or 'source -h'.)  With -r, the order of  printing  is  most
               recent first rather than oldest first.

               With  -S,  the  second form saves the history list to filename.
               If the first word of the savehist shell variable is  set  to  a
               number,  at most that many lines are saved.  If the second word
               of savehist is set to `merge', the history list is merged  with
               the  existing history file instead of replacing it (if there is
               one) and sorted by time stamp.  (+) Merging is intended for  an
               environment  like  the  X  Window System with several shells in
               simultaneous use.  Currently it succeeds only when  the  shells
               quit nicely one after another.

               With  -L,  the  shell  appends  filename, which is presumably a
               history list saved by the -S option or the savehist  mechanism,
               to  the  history  list.   -M  is  like  -L, but the contents of
               filename are  merged  into  the  history  list  and  sorted  by
               timestamp.  In either case, histfile is used if filename is not
               given and ~/.history is used if histfile  is  unset.   `history
               -L' is exactly like 'source -h' except that it does not require
               a filename.

               Note that login shells do the equivalent  of  `history  -L'  on
               startup  and,  if savehist is set, `history -S' before exiting.
               Because only ~/.tcshrc is normally sourced  before  ~/.history,
               histfile should be set in ~/.tcshrc rather than ~/.login.

               If  histlit  is  set, the first and second forms print and save
               the literal (unexpanded) form of the history list.

               The last form clears the history list.

       hup [command] (+)
               With command, runs command such that it will exit on  a  hangup
               signal  and  arranges  for the shell to send it a hangup signal
               when the shell exits.  Note that commands  may  set  their  own
               response  to  hangups,  overriding  hup.   Without an argument,
               causes the non-interactive shell only to exit on a  hangup  for
               the  remainder of the script.  See also Signal handling and the
               nohup builtin command.

       if (expr) command
               If  expr  (an  expression,  as  described  under   Expressions)
               evaluates   true,   then   command   is   executed.    Variable
               substitution on command happens early, at the same time it does
               for  the  rest  of  the  if  command.  command must be a simple
               command, not  an  alias,  a  pipeline,  a  command  list  or  a
               parenthesized   command   list,  but  it  may  have  arguments.
               Input/output redirection occurs  even  if  expr  is  false  and
               command is thus not executed; this is a bug.

       if (expr) then
       else if (expr2) then
       endif   If  the  specified  expr is true then the commands to the first
               else are executed; otherwise if expr2 is true then the commands
               to  the  second  else are executed, etc.  Any number of else-if
               pairs are possible; only one endif is needed.  The else part is
               likewise  optional.   (The  words else and endif must appear at
               the beginning of input lines; the if must appear alone  on  its
               input line or after an else.)

       inlib shared-library ... (+)
               Adds  each shared-library to the current environment.  There is
               no way to remove a shared library.  (Domain/OS only)

       jobs [-l]
               Lists the active jobs.  With -l, lists process IDs in  addition
               to  the normal information.  On TCF systems, prints the site on
               which each job is executing.

       kill [-s signal] %job|pid ...
       kill -l The first and second forms sends the specified signal  (or,  if
               none  is  given,  the TERM (terminate) signal) to the specified
               jobs or processes.  job may be a number, a string, `', `%', `+'
               or  `-'  as  described under Jobs.  Signals are either given by
               number or by name (as given in /usr/include/signal.h,  stripped
               of  the  prefix  `SIG').   There is no default job; saying just
               `kill' does not send a signal  to  the  current  job.   If  the
               signal being sent is TERM (terminate) or HUP (hangup), then the
               job or process is sent a CONT (continue) signal as  well.   The
               third form lists the signal names.

       limit [-h] [resource [maximum-use]]
               Limits  the consumption by the current process and each process
               it creates  to  not  individually  exceed  maximum-use  on  the
               specified  resource.   If  no  maximum-use  is  given, then the
               current limit is printed; if no resource  is  given,  then  all
               limitations  are  given.   If  the  -h  flag is given, the hard
               limits are used instead of the current limits.  The hard limits
               impose a ceiling on the values of the current limits.  Only the
               super-user may raise the hard limits, but a user may  lower  or
               raise the current limits within the legal range.

               Controllable  resources  currently include (if supported by the

                      the maximum number of cpu-seconds to  be  used  by  each

                      the largest single file which can be created

                      the  maximum growth of the data+stack region via sbrk(2)
                      beyond the end of the program text

                      the maximum size  of  the  automatically-extended  stack

                      the size of the largest core dump that will be created

                      the maximum amount of physical memory a process may have
                      allocated to it at a given time

                      the maximum amount of virtual memory a process may  have
                      allocated to it at a given time (address space)

                      the  maximum amount of virtual memory a process may have
                      allocated to it at a given time

                      the maximum amount of memory a process may allocate  per
                      brk() system call

               descriptors or openfiles
                      the maximum number of open files for this process

                      the maximum number of threads for this process

                      the  maximum  size  which a process may lock into memory
                      using mlock(2)

                      the maximum number of simultaneous  processes  for  this
                      user id

               sbsize the maximum size of socket buffer usage for this user

                      the  maximum  amount  of swap space reserved or used for
                      this user

                      the maximum number of locks for this user

                      the maximum number of pending signals for this user

                      the maximum number of bytes in POSIX  mqueues  for  this

                      the  maximum  nice priority the user is allowed to raise
                      mapped from [19...-20] to [0...39] for this user

                      the maximum realtime priority for  this  user  maxrttime
                      the timeout for RT tasks in microseconds for this user.

               maximum-use  may  be  given  as  a  (floating point or integer)
               number followed by a scale factor.  For all limits  other  than
               cputime the default scale is `k' or `kilobytes' (1024 bytes); a
               scale factor of `m' or `megabytes' or `g'  or  `gigabytes'  may
               also  be  used.   For cputime the default scaling is `seconds',
               while `m' for minutes or `h' for hours, or a time of  the  form
               `mm:ss' giving minutes and seconds may be used.

               If  maximum-use   is  `unlimited',  then  the limitation on the
               specified resource  is  removed  (this  is  equivalent  to  the
               unlimit builtin command).

               For both resource names and scale factors, unambiguous prefixes
               of the names suffice.

       log (+) Prints the watch  shell  variable  and  reports  on  each  user
               indicated  in  watch  who is logged in, regardless of when they
               last logged in.  See also watchlog.

       login   Terminates a login shell, replacing  it  with  an  instance  of
               /bin/login.   This   is  one  way  to  log  off,  included  for
               compatibility with sh(1).

       logout  Terminates a login shell.  Especially useful  if  ignoreeof  is

       ls-F [-switch ...] [file ...] (+)
               Lists  files like `ls -F', but much faster.  It identifies each
               type of special file in the listing with a special character:

               /   Directory
               *   Executable
               #   Block device
               %   Character device
               |   Named pipe (systems with named pipes only)
               =   Socket (systems with sockets only)
               @   Symbolic link (systems with symbolic links only)
               +   Hidden directory (AIX only)  or  context  dependent  (HP/UX
               :   Network special (HP/UX only)

               If  the  listlinks  shell  variable  is set, symbolic links are
               identified in more detail (on only systems that have  them,  of

               @   Symbolic link to a non-directory
               >   Symbolic link to a directory
               &   Symbolic link to nowhere

               listlinks  also  slows  down ls-F and causes partitions holding
               files pointed to by symbolic links to be mounted.

               If the listflags shell variable is set to `x', `a' or  `A',  or
               any combination thereof (e.g., `xA'), they are used as flags to
               ls-F, making it act like `ls -xF', `ls  -Fa',  `ls  -FA'  or  a
               combination  (e.g.,  `ls  -FxA').  On machines where `ls -C' is
               not the default, ls-F acts  like  `ls  -CF',  unless  listflags
               contains  an  `x',  in  which case it acts like `ls -xF'.  ls-F
               passes its arguments to ls(1) if it is given any  switches,  so
               `alias ls ls-F' generally does the right thing.

               The   ls-F  builtin  can  list  files  using  different  colors
               depending on the filetype or extension.  See  the  color  shell
               variable and the LS_COLORS environment variable.

       migrate [-site] pid|%jobid ... (+)
       migrate -site (+)
               The  first  form  migrates  the  process  or  job  to  the site
               specified or the default site determined by  the  system  path.
               The  second  form  is  equivalent  to  `migrate  -site  $$': it
               migrates the current process to the specified site.   Migrating
               the  shell  itself  can  cause unexpected behavior, because the
               shell does not like to lose its tty.  (TCF only)

       newgrp [-] [group] (+)
               Equivalent to `exec newgrp'; see newgrp(1).  Available only  if
               the shell was so compiled; see the version shell variable.

       nice [+number] [command]
               Sets  the  scheduling  priority  for  the  shell to number, or,
               without number, to  4.   With  command,  runs  command  at  the
               appropriate priority.  The greater the number, the less cpu the
               process gets.  The super-user may specify negative priority  by
               using `nice -number ...'.  Command is always executed in a sub-
               shell, and the restrictions placed on  commands  in  simple  if
               statements apply.

       nohup [command]
               With  command,  runs  command  such  that it will ignore hangup
               signals.  Note that commands may  set  their  own  response  to
               hangups,  overriding  nohup.   Without  an argument, causes the
               non-interactive shell only to ignore hangups for the  remainder
               of  the  script.   See also Signal handling and the hup builtin

       notify [%job ...]
               Causes the shell to notify the  user  asynchronously  when  the
               status  of  any  of  the  specified jobs (or, without %job, the
               current job) changes, instead of waiting until the next  prompt
               as  is  usual.   job may be a number, a string, `', `%', `+' or
               `-' as  described  under  Jobs.   See  also  the  notify  shell

       onintr [-|label]
               Controls  the  action  of  the  shell  on  interrupts.  Without
               arguments,  restores  the  default  action  of  the  shell   on
               interrupts, which is to terminate shell scripts or to return to
               the  terminal  command  input  level.   With  `-',  causes  all
               interrupts  to  be  ignored.   With  label, causes the shell to
               execute a `goto label' when an interrupt is received or a child
               process terminates because it was interrupted.

               onintr  is  ignored  if  the  shell  is running detached and in
               system startup files (see FILES), where interrupts are disabled

       popd [-p] [-l] [-n|-v] [+n]
               Without  arguments, pops the directory stack and returns to the
               new top directory.  With a number `+n', discards the n'th entry
               in the stack.

               Finally,  all  forms  of  popd print the final directory stack,
               just like dirs.  The pushdsilent shell variable can be  set  to
               prevent  this  and  the  -p  flag  can  be  given  to  override
               pushdsilent.  The -l, -n and -v flags have the same  effect  on
               popd as on dirs.  (+)

       printenv [name] (+)
               Prints  the  names  and values of all environment variables or,
               with name, the value of the environment variable name.

       pushd [-p] [-l] [-n|-v] [name|+n]
               Without arguments,  exchanges  the  top  two  elements  of  the
               directory   stack.    If  pushdtohome  is  set,  pushd  without
               arguments does `pushd ~', like cd.  (+) With name,  pushes  the
               current  working directory onto the directory stack and changes
               to name.  If name is `-' it  is  interpreted  as  the  previous
               working  directory (see Filename substitution).  (+) If dunique
               is set, pushd removes any instances  of  name  from  the  stack
               before  pushing  it  onto  the  stack.  (+) With a number `+n',
               rotates the nth element of the directory stack around to be the
               top  element  and  changes to it.  If dextract is set, however,
               `pushd +n' extracts the nth directory, pushes it onto  the  top
               of the stack and changes to it.  (+)

               Finally,  all  forms  of pushd print the final directory stack,
               just like dirs.  The pushdsilent shell variable can be  set  to
               prevent  this  and  the  -p  flag  can  be  given  to  override
               pushdsilent.  The -l, -n and -v flags have the same  effect  on
               pushd as on dirs.  (+)

       rehash  Causes   the  internal  hash  table  of  the  contents  of  the
               directories in the path variable to  be  recomputed.   This  is
               needed  if  the  autorehash  shell  variable is not set and new
               commands are added to directories in path while you are  logged
               in.    With   autorehash,   a   new   command   will  be  found
               automatically, except in the special case where another command
               of  the  same  name  which  is located in a different directory
               already exists in the hash table.  Also flushes  the  cache  of
               home directories built by tilde expansion.

       repeat count command
               The   specified   command,   which   is  subject  to  the  same
               restrictions as the command in the one line if statement above,
               is  executed count times.  I/O redirections occur exactly once,
               even if count is 0.

       rootnode //nodename (+)
               Changes the  rootnode  to  //nodename,  so  that  `/'  will  be
               interpreted as `//nodename'.  (Domain/OS only)

       sched (+)
       sched [+]hh:mm command (+)
       sched -n (+)
               The  first  form  prints  the  scheduled-event list.  The sched
               shell variable may be set to define the  format  in  which  the
               scheduled-event  list is printed.  The second form adds command
               to the scheduled-event list.  For example,

                   > sched 11:00 echo It\'s eleven o\'clock.

               causes the shell to echo `It's eleven o'clock.' at 11 AM.   The
               time may be in 12-hour AM/PM format

                   > sched 5pm set prompt='[%h] It\'s after 5; go home: >'

               or may be relative to the current time:

                   > sched +2:15 /usr/lib/uucp/uucico -r1 -sother

               A  relative  time  specification may not use AM/PM format.  The
               third form removes item n from the event list:

                   > sched
                        1  Wed Apr  4 15:42  /usr/lib/uucp/uucico -r1 -sother
                        2  Wed Apr  4 17:00  set prompt=[%h] It's after 5;  go
                   home: >
                   > sched -2
                   > sched
                        1  Wed Apr  4 15:42  /usr/lib/uucp/uucico -r1 -sother

               A  command  in the scheduled-event list is executed just before
               the first prompt is printed after the time when the command  is
               scheduled.   It  is  possible  to  miss the exact time when the
               command is to be run, but an overdue command  will  execute  at
               the  next prompt.  A command which comes due while the shell is
               waiting for  user  input  is  executed  immediately.   However,
               normal  operation  of  an  already-running  command will not be
               interrupted so that a scheduled-event list element may be run.

               This mechanism is similar to, but not the same  as,  the  at(1)
               command  on  some Unix systems.  Its major disadvantage is that
               it may not run a command at exactly the  specified  time.   Its
               major  advantage  is  that because sched runs directly from the
               shell, it has access to shell variables and  other  structures.
               This   provides   a   mechanism   for  changing  one's  working
               environment based on the time of day.

       set name ...
       set name=word ...
       set [-r] [-f|-l] name=(wordlist) ... (+)
       set name[index]=word ...
       set -r (+)
       set -r name ... (+)
       set -r name=word ... (+)
               The first form of the command prints the  value  of  all  shell
               variables.   Variables  which  contain  more than a single word
               print as a parenthesized word list.  The second form sets  name
               to  the  null  string.   The third form sets name to the single
               word.  The fourth form sets  name  to  the  list  of  words  in
               wordlist.   In  all  cases  the  value  is command and filename
               expanded.  If -r is specified, the value is set read-only.   If
               -f  or  -l  are  specified, set only unique words keeping their
               order.  -f prefers the first occurrence of a word, and  -l  the
               last.   The  fifth  form sets the index'th component of name to
               word; this component must already exist.  The sixth form  lists
               only  the names of all shell variables that are read-only.  The
               seventh form makes name read-only, whether  or  not  it  has  a
               value.  The eighth form is the same as the third form, but make
               name read-only at the same time.

               These arguments can be repeated to set  and/or  make  read-only
               multiple  variables  in  a  single set command.  Note, however,
               that variable expansion happens for all  arguments  before  any
               setting  occurs.   Note  also  that `=' can be adjacent to both
               name and word or separated from both by whitespace, but  cannot
               be  adjacent  to  only  one  or  the other.  See also the unset
               builtin command.

       setenv [name [value]]
               Without  arguments,  prints  the  names  and  values   of   all
               environment   variables.   Given  name,  sets  the  environment
               variable name to value or, without value, to the null string.

       setpath path (+)
               Equivalent to setpath(1).  (Mach only)

       setspath LOCAL|site|cpu ... (+)
               Sets the system execution path.  (TCF only)

       settc cap value (+)
               Tells the shell to believe that the terminal capability cap (as
               defined in termcap(5)) has the value value.  No sanity checking
               is done.  Concept terminal users may have to `settc xn  no'  to
               get proper wrapping at the rightmost column.

       setty [-d|-q|-x] [-a] [[+|-]mode] (+)
               Controls  which  tty  modes (see Terminal management) the shell
               does not allow to change.  -d, -q or -x tells setty to  act  on
               the `edit', `quote' or `execute' set of tty modes respectively;
               without -d, -q or -x, `execute' is used.

               Without other arguments, setty lists the modes  in  the  chosen
               set  which  are  fixed  on  (`+mode')  or  off  (`-mode').  The
               available modes, and thus the  display,  vary  from  system  to
               system.  With -a, lists all tty modes in the chosen set whether
               or not they are fixed.  With +mode, -mode or mode,  fixes  mode
               on  or off or removes control from mode in the chosen set.  For
               example, `setty +echok echoe' fixes `echok' mode on and  allows
               commands to turn `echoe' mode on or off, both when the shell is
               executing commands.

       setxvers [string] (+)
               Set the experimental version prefix to string, or removes it if
               string is omitted.  (TCF only)

       shift [variable]
               Without  arguments,  discards argv[1] and shifts the members of
               argv to the left.  It is an error for argv not to be set or  to
               have  less than one word as value.  With variable, performs the
               same function on variable.

       source [-h] name [args ...]
               The shell reads and executes commands from name.  The  commands
               are  not  placed  on  the history list.  If any args are given,
               they are placed in argv.  (+) source commands may be nested; if
               they  are  nested  too  deeply  the  shell  may run out of file
               descriptors.  An error in a source at any level terminates  all
               nested  source  commands.   With -h, commands are placed on the
               history list instead of being executed, much like `history -L'.

       stop %job|pid ...
               Stops the specified jobs or processes which  are  executing  in
               the background.  job may be a number, a string, `', `%', `+' or
               `-' as described under Jobs.  There is no default  job;  saying
               just `stop' does not stop the current job.

       suspend Causes  the shell to stop in its tracks, much as if it had been
               sent a stop signal with ^Z.  This is most often  used  to  stop
               shells started by su(1).

       switch (string)
       case str1:
       endsw   Each  case label is successively matched, against the specified
               string which is first command and filename expanded.  The  file
               metacharacters  `*',  `?'  and `[...]'  may be used in the case
               labels, which are variable expanded.  If  none  of  the  labels
               match  before  a  `default'  label is found, then the execution
               begins after the  default  label.   Each  case  label  and  the
               default  label  must  appear  at  the beginning of a line.  The
               command breaksw causes execution to continue after  the  endsw.
               Otherwise  control  may  fall  through  case labels and default
               labels as in C.  If no label matches and there is  no  default,
               execution continues after the endsw.

       telltc (+)
               Lists the values of all terminal capabilities (see termcap(5)).

       termname [terminal type] (+)
               Tests  if  terminal  type  (or  the current value of TERM if no
               terminal type is given) has an entry in the hosts termcap(5) or
               terminfo(5)  database.  Prints  the terminal type to stdout and
               returns 0 if an entry is present otherwise returns 1.

       time [command]
               Executes command (which must be a simple command, not an alias,
               a pipeline, a command list or a parenthesized command list) and
               prints a time summary as described under the time variable.  If
               necessary,  an  extra  shell  is  created  to  print  the  time
               statistic when the command completes.  Without command,  prints
               a time summary for the current shell and its children.

       umask [value]
               Sets  the file creation mask to value, which is given in octal.
               Common values for the mask are 002, giving all  access  to  the
               group  and  read  and execute access to others, and 022, giving
               read and execute access  to  the  group  and  others.   Without
               value, prints the current file creation mask.

       unalias pattern
               Removes  all  aliases  whose  names match pattern.  `unalias *'
               thus removes all aliases.  It is not an error for nothing to be

       uncomplete pattern (+)
               Removes all completions whose names match pattern.  `uncomplete
               *' thus removes all  completions.   It  is  not  an  error  for
               nothing to be uncompleted.

       unhash  Disables  use  of  the internal hash table to speed location of
               executed programs.

       universe universe (+)
               Sets the universe to universe.  (Masscomp/RTU only)

       unlimit [-hf] [resource]
               Removes the limitation  on  resource  or,  if  no  resource  is
               specified,    all   resource   limitations.    With   -h,   the
               corresponding hard limits are removed.  Only the super-user may
               do this.  Note that unlimit may not exit successful, since most
               systems do not allow descriptors  to  be  unlimited.   With  -f
               errors are ignored.

       unset pattern
               Removes  all  variables  whose names match pattern, unless they
               are read-only.  `unset *' thus  removes  all  variables  unless
               they are read-only; this is a bad idea.  It is not an error for
               nothing to be unset.

       unsetenv pattern
               Removes all environment variables whose  names  match  pattern.
               `unsetenv  *' thus removes all environment variables; this is a
               bad idea.  It is not an error for nothing to be unsetenved.

       ver [systype [command]] (+)
               Without arguments, prints SYSTYPE.  With systype, sets  SYSTYPE
               to  systype.   With systype and command, executes command under
               systype.  systype may  be  `bsd4.3'  or  `sys5.3'.   (Domain/OS

       wait    The  shell  waits  for  all  background  jobs.  If the shell is
               interactive, an interrupt will disrupt the wait and  cause  the
               shell  to  print  the  names and job numbers of all outstanding

       warp universe (+)
               Sets the universe to universe.  (Convex/OS only)

       watchlog (+)
               An  alternate  name  for  the  log  builtin   command   (q.v.).
               Available  only  if  the shell was so compiled; see the version
               shell variable.

       where command (+)
               Reports all known  instances  of  command,  including  aliases,
               builtins and executables in path.

       which command (+)
               Displays  the  command that will be executed by the shell after
               substitutions, path searching, etc.   The  builtin  command  is
               just  like  which(1), but it correctly reports tcsh aliases and
               builtins and is 10 to 100 times faster.  See  also  the  which-
               command editor command.

       while (expr)
       end     Executes  the  commands  between the while and the matching end
               while expr (an  expression,  as  described  under  Expressions)
               evaluates  non-zero.   while and end must appear alone on their
               input lines.  break and continue may be used  to  terminate  or
               continue the loop prematurely.  If the input is a terminal, the
               user is prompted the  first  time  through  the  loop  as  with

   Special aliases (+)
       If  set,  each of these aliases executes automatically at the indicated
       time.  They are all initially undefined.

       beepcmd Runs when the shell wants to ring the terminal bell.

       cwdcmd  Runs after every change of working directory.  For example,  if
               the  user is working on an X window system using xterm(1) and a
               re-parenting window manager that supports title  bars  such  as
               twm(1) and does

                   > alias cwdcmd  'echo -n "^[]2;${HOST}:$cwd ^G"'

               then the shell will change the title of the running xterm(1) to
               be the name of the host, a colon, and the full current  working
               directory.  A fancier way to do that is

                   >          alias          cwdcmd          'echo          -n

               This will put the hostname and working directory on  the  title
               bar but only the hostname in the icon manager menu.

               Note  that  putting  a cd, pushd or popd in cwdcmd may cause an
               infinite loop.  It is the author's opinion that anyone doing so
               will get what they deserve.

       jobcmd  Runs  before  each  command  gets executed, or when the command
               changes state.  This is similar to postcmd,  but  it  does  not
               print builtins.

                   > alias jobcmd  'echo -n "^[]2\;\!#:q^G"'

               then  executing  vi  foo.c  will  put the command string in the
               xterm title bar.

               Invoked by the run-help editor command.  The command  name  for
               which  help is sought is passed as sole argument.  For example,
               if one does

                   > alias helpcommand '\!:1 --help'

               then the help display of the command itself  will  be  invoked,
               using  the  GNU help calling convention.  Currently there is no
               easy way to account for various calling conventions (e.g.,  the
               customary Unix `-h'), except by using a table of many commands.

               Runs  every  tperiod minutes.  This provides a convenient means
               for checking on common but infrequent changes such as new mail.
               For example, if one does

                   > set tperiod = 30
                   > alias periodic checknews

               then  the  checknews(1)  program  runs  every  30  minutes.  If
               periodic is set but tperiod is unset  or  set  to  0,  periodic
               behaves like precmd.

       precmd  Runs  just  before each prompt is printed.  For example, if one

                   > alias precmd date

               then date(1) runs  just  before  the  shell  prompts  for  each
               command.   There are no limits on what precmd can be set to do,
               but discretion should be used.

       postcmd Runs before each command gets executed.

                   > alias postcmd  'echo -n "^[]2\;\!#:q^G"'

               then executing vi foo.c will put  the  command  string  in  the
               xterm title bar.

       shell   Specifies  the  interpreter for executable scripts which do not
               themselves specify an interpreter.  The first word should be  a
               full  path name to the desired interpreter (e.g., `/bin/csh' or

   Special shell variables
       The variables described in this section have  special  meaning  to  the

       The  shell  sets  addsuffix,  argv,  autologout,  csubstnonl,  command,
       echo_style,  edit,  gid,  group,  home,  loginsh,  oid,  path,  prompt,
       prompt2,  prompt3, shell, shlvl, tcsh, term, tty, uid, user and version
       at startup; they do not change thereafter unless changed by  the  user.
       The  shell  updates  cwd,  dirstack, owd and status when necessary, and
       sets logout on logout.

       The shell synchronizes group, home, path, shlvl, term and user with the
       environment  variables  of  the  same  names:  whenever the environment
       variable changes the shell changes the corresponding shell variable  to
       match  (unless  the  shell variable is read-only) and vice versa.  Note
       that although cwd  and  PWD  have  identical  meanings,  they  are  not
       synchronized   in   this  manner,  and  that  the  shell  automatically
       interconverts the different formats of path and PATH.

       addsuffix (+)
               If set, filename completion adds `/' to the end of  directories
               and  a  space  to the end of normal files when they are matched
               exactly.  Set by default.

       afsuser (+)
               If set, autologout's autolock feature uses its value instead of
               the local username for kerberos authentication.

       ampm (+)
               If set, all times are shown in 12-hour AM/PM format.

       argv    The  arguments  to  the shell.  Positional parameters are taken
               from argv, i.e., `$1' is replaced by `$argv[1]', etc.   Set  by
               default, but usually empty in interactive shells.

       autocorrect (+)
               If  set, the spell-word editor command is invoked automatically
               before each completion attempt.

       autoexpand (+)
               If  set,  the  expand-history   editor   command   is   invoked
               automatically before each completion attempt. If this is set to
               onlyhistory, then only history will be expanded  and  a  second
               completion will expand filenames.

       autolist (+)
               If set, possibilities are listed after an ambiguous completion.
               If set to `ambiguous', possibilities are listed  only  when  no
               new characters are added by completion.

       autologout (+)
               The  first  word  is the number of minutes of inactivity before
               automatic logout.  The optional second word is  the  number  of
               minutes of inactivity before automatic locking.  When the shell
               automatically logs  out,  it  prints  `auto-logout',  sets  the
               variable  logout  to  `automatic'  and  exits.   When the shell
               automatically locks, the user is required to enter his password
               to   continue  working.   Five  incorrect  attempts  result  in
               automatic logout.  Set  to  `60'  (automatic  logout  after  60
               minutes,  and  no  locking)  by  default in login and superuser
               shells, but not if the shell  thinks  it  is  running  under  a
               window  system (i.e., the DISPLAY environment variable is set),
               the tty is a pseudo-tty (pty) or the shell was not so  compiled
               (see  the  version  shell  variable).  See also the afsuser and
               logout shell variables.

       autorehash (+)
               If set,  the  internal  hash  table  of  the  contents  of  the
               directories  in  the  path  variable  will  be  recomputed if a
               command is not found in the hash table.  In addition, the  list
               of   available  commands  will  be  rebuilt  for  each  command
               completion or spelling correction attempt if set to  `complete'
               or  `correct'  respectively;  if  set to `always', this will be
               done for both cases.

       backslash_quote (+)
               If set, backslashes (`\') always quote `\', `'', and `"'.  This
               may  make complex quoting tasks easier, but it can cause syntax
               errors in csh(1) scripts.

       catalog The file name  of  the  message  catalog.   If  set,  tcsh  use
               `tcsh.${catalog}'  as  a  message  catalog  instead  of default

       cdpath  A  list  of  directories  in  which  cd   should   search   for
               subdirectories if they aren't found in the current directory.

       color   If  set,  it  enables color display for the builtin ls-F and it
               passes --color=auto to ls.  Alternatively, it  can  be  set  to
               only  ls-F  or  only  ls  to  enable color to only one command.
               Setting it to nothing is equivalent to setting it to (ls-F ls).

               If set, it enables color escape sequence for NLS message files.
               And display colorful NLS messages.

       command (+)
               If  set,  the command which was passed to the shell with the -c
               flag (q.v.).

       compat_expr (+)
               If set, the shell will evaluate expressions right to left, like
               the original csh.

       complete (+)
               If  set  to `igncase', the completion becomes case insensitive.
               If set to `enhance',  completion  ignores  case  and  considers
               hyphens  and  underscores  to be equivalent; it will also treat
               periods, hyphens and underscores (`.', `-'  and  `_')  as  word
               separators.   If set to `Enhance', completion matches uppercase
               and underscore characters explicitly and matches lowercase  and
               hyphens  in  a  case-insensivite manner; it will treat periods,
               hypens and underscores as word separators.

       continue (+)
               If set to a list of  commands,  the  shell  will  continue  the
               listed commands, instead of starting a new one.

       continue_args (+)
               Same as continue, but the shell will execute:

                   echo `pwd` $argv > ~/.<cmd>_pause; %<cmd>

       correct (+)
               If set to `cmd', commands are automatically spelling-corrected.
               If set to `complete', commands are automatically completed.  If
               set to `all', the entire command line is corrected.

       csubstnonl (+)
               If  set,  newlines and carriage returns in command substitution
               are replaced by spaces.  Set by default.

       cwd     The full pathname of  the  current  directory.   See  also  the
               dirstack and owd shell variables.

       dextract (+)
               If  set,  `pushd  +n'  extracts  the  nth  directory  from  the
               directory stack rather than rotating it to the top.

       dirsfile (+)
               The default location in which `dirs -S' and `dirs -L' look  for
               a  history  file.   If unset, ~/.cshdirs is used.  Because only
               ~/.tcshrc  is  normally  sourced  before  ~/.cshdirs,  dirsfile
               should be set in ~/.tcshrc rather than ~/.login.

       dirstack (+)
               An  array  of  all  the  directories  on  the  directory stack.
               `$dirstack[1]' is the current working directory, `$dirstack[2]'
               the  first  directory on the stack, etc.  Note that the current
               working directory is `$dirstack[1]' but `=0' in directory stack
               substitutions,  etc.   One  can change the stack arbitrarily by
               setting dirstack, but the first element  (the  current  working
               directory)  is  always correct.  See also the cwd and owd shell

       dspmbyte (+)
               Has an effect iff 'dspm' is listed as part of the version shell
               variable.  If set to `euc', it enables display and editing EUC-
               kanji(Japanese) code.  If set to `sjis', it enables display and
               editing Shift-JIS(Japanese) code.  If set to `big5', it enables
               display and editing Big5(Chinese) code.  If set to  `utf8',  it
               enables  display and editing Utf8(Unicode) code.  If set to the
               following format, it enables display and  editing  of  original
               multi-byte code format:

                   > set dspmbyte = 0000....(256 bytes)....0000

               The  table  requires  just  256  bytes.   Each character of 256
               characters corresponds (from left to right) to the ASCII  codes
               0x00,  0x01,  ...  0xff.  Each character is set to number 0,1,2
               and 3.  Each number has the following meaning:
                 0 ... not used for multi-byte characters.
                 1 ... used for the first byte of a multi-byte character.
                 2 ... used for the second byte of a multi-byte character.
                 3 ... used for both the first  byte  and  second  byte  of  a
               multi-byte character.

               If  set  to  `001322',  the  first character (means 0x00 of the
               ASCII code) and second character (means 0x01 of ASCII code) are
               set  to  `0'.   Then, it is not used for multi-byte characters.
               The 3rd character (0x02) is set to '1', indicating that  it  is
               used  for  the  first  byte of a multi-byte character.  The 4th
               character(0x03) is set '3'.  It is used for both the first byte
               and the second byte of a multi-byte character.  The 5th and 6th
               characters (0x04,0x05) are set to '2', indicating that they are
               used for the second byte of a multi-byte character.

               The  GNU  fileutils  version  of  ls  cannot display multi-byte
               filenames without the -N ( --literal )  option.    If  you  are
               using  this  version,  set the second word of dspmbyte to "ls".
               If not,  for  example,  "ls-F  -l"  cannot  display  multi-byte

               This  variable  can only be used if KANJI and DSPMBYTE has been
               defined at compile time.

       dunique (+)
               If set, pushd removes any instances  of  name  from  the  stack
               before pushing it onto the stack.

       echo    If  set,  each command with its arguments is echoed just before
               it is executed.  For non-builtin commands all expansions  occur
               before echoing.  Builtin commands are echoed before command and
               filename substitution, because  these  substitutions  are  then
               done selectively.  Set by the -x command line option.

       echo_style (+)
               The style of the echo builtin.  May be set to

               bsd     Don't echo a newline if the first argument is `-n'.
               sysv    Recognize backslashed escape sequences in echo strings.
               both    Recognize  both  the  `-n'  flag and backslashed escape
                       sequences; the default.
               none    Recognize neither.

               Set by default to the local system default.  The BSD and System
               V  options  are  described  in  the  echo(1)  man  pages on the
               appropriate systems.

       edit (+)
               If set, the command-line editor is used.   Set  by  default  in
               interactive shells.

       ellipsis (+)
               If set, the `%c'/`%.' and `%C' prompt sequences (see the prompt
               shell variable) indicate skipped directories with  an  ellipsis
               (`...')  instead of `/<skipped>'.

       euid (+)
               The user's effective user ID.

       euser (+)
               The  first  matching  passwd  entry  name  corresponding to the
               effective user ID.

       fignore (+)
               Lists file name suffixes to be ignored by completion.

       filec   In tcsh, completion is always used and this variable is ignored
               by  default.  If  edit  is  unset,  then  the  traditional  csh
               completion is used.  If set  in  csh,  filename  completion  is

       gid (+) The user's real group ID.

       globdot (+)
               If   set,   wild-card   glob  patterns  will  match  files  and
               directories beginning with `.' except for `.' and `..'

       globstar (+)
               If set, the `**' and `***' file glob patterns  will  match  any
               string of characters including `/' traversing any existing sub-
               directories.  (e.g.  `ls **.c' will list all the  .c  files  in
               the  current directory tree).  If used by itself, it will match
               match    zero    or    more    sub-directories    (e.g.     `ls
               /usr/include/**/time.h'  will  list  any file named `time.h' in
               the    /usr/include     directory     tree;     whereas     `ls
               /usr/include/**time.h'  will match any file in the /usr/include
               directory tree ending in `time.h').  To prevent  problems  with
               recursion,  the  `**'  glob-pattern  will  not  descend  into a
               symbolic link containing a directory.  To  override  this,  use

       group (+)
               The user's group name.

               If  set,  the incremental search match (in i-search-back and i-
               search-fwd) and the region between the mark and the cursor  are
               highlighted in reverse video.

               Highlighting  requires  more  frequent  terminal  writes, which
               introduces  extra  overhead.  If  you   care   about   terminal
               performance, you may want to leave this unset.

               A  string  value  determining  the  characters  used in History
               substitution (q.v.).  The first character of its value is  used
               as  the  history  substitution character, replacing the default
               character `!'.  The second character of its value replaces  the
               character `^' in quick substitutions.

       histdup (+)
               Controls handling of duplicate entries in the history list.  If
               set to `all' only unique history  events  are  entered  in  the
               history  list.   If set to `prev' and the last history event is
               the same as the current command, then the  current  command  is
               not  entered  in  the  history.  If set to `erase' and the same
               event is found in the history list, that old event gets  erased
               and  the  current  one gets inserted.  Note that the `prev' and
               `all' options renumber history events so there are no gaps.

       histfile (+)
               The default location in which `history  -S'  and  `history  -L'
               look  for  a  history  file.   If  unset,  ~/.history  is used.
               histfile is useful when sharing the same home directory between
               different  machines,  or  when  saving  separate  histories  on
               different  terminals.   Because  only  ~/.tcshrc  is   normally
               sourced  before ~/.history, histfile should be set in ~/.tcshrc
               rather than ~/.login.

       histlit (+)
               If set, builtin and editor commands and the savehist  mechanism
               use the literal (unexpanded) form of lines in the history list.
               See also the toggle-literal-history editor command.

       history The first word indicates the number of history events to  save.
               The  optional  second  word  (+)  indicates the format in which
               history is printed; if not given, `%h	%T	%R
' is used.   The
               format  sequences  are  described  below under prompt; note the
               variable meaning of `%R'.  Set to `100' by default.

       home    Initialized to the home directory of the invoker.  The filename
               expansion of `~' refers to this variable.

               If  set  to  the  empty string or `0' and the input device is a
               terminal, the end-of-file command  (usually  generated  by  the
               user by typing `^D' on an empty line) causes the shell to print
               `Use "exit" to leave tcsh.' instead of exiting.  This  prevents
               the  shell  from  accidentally being killed.  Historically this
               setting exited after 26  successive  EOF's  to  avoid  infinite
               loops.   If  set  to  a  number  n,  the  shell  ignores  n - 1
               consecutive end-of-files and exits on the nth.  (+)  If  unset,
               `1' is used, i.e., the shell exits on a single `^D'.

       implicitcd (+)
               If set, the shell treats a directory name typed as a command as
               though it were a request to change to that directory.   If  set
               to  verbose,  the change of directory is echoed to the standard
               output.  This behavior is inhibited  in  non-interactive  shell
               scripts,  or  for  command  strings  with  more  than one word.
               Changing directory takes precedence over executing a like-named
               command,  but  it is done after alias substitutions.  Tilde and
               variable expansions work as expected.

       inputmode (+)
               If set to `insert' or `overwrite', puts the  editor  into  that
               input mode at the beginning of each line.

       killdup (+)
               Controls  handling  of  duplicate entries in the kill ring.  If
               set to `all' only unique strings are entered in the kill  ring.
               If  set to `prev' and the last killed string is the same as the
               current killed string, then the current string is  not  entered
               in the ring.  If set to `erase' and the same string is found in
               the kill ring, the old string is erased and the current one  is

       killring (+)
               Indicates  the number of killed strings to keep in memory.  Set
               to `30' by default.  If unset or set  to  less  than  `2',  the
               shell  will only keep the most recently killed string.  Strings
               are put in the killring by  the  editor  commands  that  delete
               (kill)  strings  of text, e.g. backward-delete-word, kill-line,
               etc, as well as  the  copy-region-as-kill  command.   The  yank
               editor  command  will yank the most recently killed string into
               the command-line, while yank-pop (see Editor commands)  can  be
               used to yank earlier killed strings.

       listflags (+)
               If  set  to  `x', `a' or `A', or any combination thereof (e.g.,
               `xA'), they are used as flags to ls-F, making it act  like  `ls
               -xF',  `ls  -Fa',  `ls -FA' or a combination (e.g., `ls -FxA'):
               `a' shows all files (even if they start with a `.'), `A'  shows
               all  files  but  `.'  and `..', and `x' sorts across instead of
               down.  If the second word of listflags is set, it  is  used  as
               the path to `ls(1)'.

       listjobs (+)
               If set, all jobs are listed when a job is suspended.  If set to
               `long', the listing is in long format.

       listlinks (+)
               If set, the ls-F builtin command shows  the  type  of  file  to
               which each symbolic link points.

       listmax (+)
               The  maximum  number  of  items  which  the list-choices editor
               command will list without asking first.

       listmaxrows (+)
               The maximum number of rows  of  items  which  the  list-choices
               editor command will list without asking first.

       loginsh (+)
               Set  by the shell if it is a login shell.  Setting or unsetting
               it within a shell has no effect.  See also shlvl.

       logout (+)
               Set  by  the  shell  to  `normal'  before  a   normal   logout,
               `automatic'  before  an  automatic  logout, and `hangup' if the
               shell was killed by a hangup signal (see Signal handling).  See
               also the autologout shell variable.

       mail    A  list  of  files  and directories to check for incoming mail,
               optionally preceded by a numeric word.  Before each prompt,  if
               10  minutes  have passed since the last check, the shell checks
               each file and says `You have new mail.' (or, if  mail  contains
               multiple  files,  `You have new mail in name.') if the filesize
               is greater than zero  in  size  and  has  a  modification  time
               greater than its access time.

               If  you  are  in  a  login shell, then no mail file is reported
               unless it has been  modified  after  the  time  the  shell  has
               started  up,  to  prevent  redundant notifications.  Most login
               programs will tell you whether or not you have  mail  when  you
               log in.

               If  a  file  specified  in  mail is a directory, the shell will
               count each file within that directory as  a  separate  message,
               and  will  report  `You  have n mails.' or `You have n mails in
               name.'  as  appropriate.   This   functionality   is   provided
               primarily  for  those  systems which store mail in this manner,
               such as the Andrew Mail System.

               If the first word of mail is numeric it is taken as a different
               mail checking interval, in seconds.

               Under  very  rare circumstances, the shell may report `You have
               mail.' instead of `You have new mail.'

       matchbeep (+)
               If  set  to  `never',  completion  never  beeps.   If  set   to
               `nomatch',  it  beeps  only  when there is no match.  If set to
               `ambiguous', it beeps when there are multiple matches.  If  set
               to  `notunique',  it  beeps  when  there is one exact and other
               longer matches.  If unset, `ambiguous' is used.

       nobeep (+)
               If set, beeping is completely disabled.  See also visiblebell.

               If set, restrictions are placed on output redirection to insure
               that  files  are  not  accidentally  destroyed  and  that  `>>'
               redirections refer to  existing  files,  as  described  in  the
               Input/output section.

       noding  If  set,  disable  the  printing  of `DING!' in the prompt time
               specifiers at the change of hour.

       noglob  If set, Filename substitution and Directory stack  substitution
               (q.v.)  are  inhibited.   This  is most useful in shell scripts
               which do not deal with filenames, or after a list of  filenames
               has been obtained and further expansions are not desirable.

       nokanji (+)
               If  set  and  the  shell  supports Kanji (see the version shell
               variable), it is disabled so that the meta key can be used.

               If set, a Filename substitution or Directory stack substitution
               (q.v.)  which  does  not  match  any  existing  files  is  left
               untouched rather than causing an error.  It is still  an  error
               for  the  substitution  to  be  malformed, e.g., `echo [' still
               gives an error.

       nostat (+)
               A  list  of   directories   (or   glob-patterns   which   match
               directories;  see  Filename  substitution)  that  should not be
               stat(2)ed during a completion operation.  This is usually  used
               to exclude directories which take too much time to stat(2), for
               example /afs.

       notify  If set, the shell  announces  job  completions  asynchronously.
               The  default is to present job completions just before printing
               a prompt.

       oid (+) The user's real organization ID.  (Domain/OS only)

       owd (+) The old working directory, equivalent to the `-' used by cd and
               pushd.  See also the cwd and dirstack shell variables.

       padhour If set, enable the printing of padding '0' for hours, in 24 and
               12 hour formats.  E.G.: 07:45:42 vs. 7:45:42.

               To retain compatibily with  older  versions  numeric  variables
               starting  with  0  are  not  interpreted as octal. Setting this
               variable enables proper octal parsing.

       path    A list of directories in which to look for executable commands.
               A  null  word  specifies the current directory.  If there is no
               path variable then only full path names will execute.  path  is
               set  by the shell at startup from the PATH environment variable
               or, if PATH does  not  exist,  to  a  system-dependent  default
               something  like  `(/usr/local/bin  /usr/bsd  /bin /usr/bin .)'.
               The shell may put `.' first or last in path or omit it entirely
               depending  on  how  it  was  compiled;  see  the  version shell
               variable.  A shell which is given neither the  -c  nor  the  -t
               option  hashes  the  contents  of the directories in path after
               reading ~/.tcshrc and each time path is reset.  If one  adds  a
               new  command  to a directory in path while the shell is active,
               one may need to do a rehash for the shell to find it.

       printexitvalue (+)
               If set and an interactive program exits with a non-zero status,
               the shell prints `Exit status'.

       prompt  The  string  which  is printed before reading each command from
               the  terminal.   prompt  may  include  any  of  the   following
               formatting  sequences  (+),  which  are  replaced  by the given

               %/  The current working directory.
               %~  The  current  working  directory,  but  with   one's   home
                   directory   represented   by  `~'  and  other  users'  home
                   directories  represented  by  `~user'   as   per   Filename
                   substitution.   `~user'  substitution  happens  only if the
                   shell has already used `~user' in a pathname in the current
               %c[[0]n], %.[[0]n]
                   The trailing component of the current working directory, or
                   n trailing components if a digit n is given.  If  n  begins
                   with  `0',  the  number  of  skipped components precede the
                   trailing component(s) in the  format  `/<skipped>trailing'.
                   If  the  ellipsis shell variable is set, skipped components
                   are  represented  by  an  ellipsis  so  the  whole  becomes
                   `...trailing'.   `~' substitution is done as in `%~' above,
                   but the `~' component is  ignored  when  counting  trailing
               %C  Like %c, but without `~' substitution.
               %h, %!, !
                   The current history event number.
               %M  The full hostname.
               %m  The hostname up to the first `.'.
               %S (%s)
                   Start (stop) standout mode.
               %B (%b)
                   Start (stop) boldfacing mode.
               %U (%u)
                   Start (stop) underline mode.
               %t, %@
                   The time of day in 12-hour AM/PM format.
               %T  Like  `%t',  but  in 24-hour format (but see the ampm shell
               %p  The `precise' time of day in  12-hour  AM/PM  format,  with
               %P  Like  `%p',  but  in 24-hour format (but see the ampm shell
               \c  c is parsed as in bindkey.
               ^c  c is parsed as in bindkey.
               %%  A single `%'.
               %n  The user name.
               %N  The effective user name.
               %j  The number of jobs.
               %d  The weekday in `Day' format.
               %D  The day in `dd' format.
               %w  The month in `Mon' format.
               %W  The month in `mm' format.
               %y  The year in `yy' format.
               %Y  The year in `yyyy' format.
               %l  The shell's tty.
               %L  Clears from the end of the prompt to end of the display  or
                   the end of the line.
               %$  Expands  the shell or environment variable name immediately
                   after the `$'.
               %#  `>' (or  the  first  character  of  the  promptchars  shell
                   variable) for normal users, `#' (or the second character of
                   promptchars) for the superuser.
                   Includes string as a literal escape sequence.  It should be
                   used only to change terminal attributes and should not move
                   the cursor location.  This cannot be the last  sequence  in
               %?  The  return  code  of  the command executed just before the
               %R  In prompt2, the status of  the  parser.   In  prompt3,  the
                   corrected string.  In history, the history string.

               `%B',  `%S', `%U' and `%{string%}' are available in only eight-
               bit-clean shells; see the version shell variable.

               The bold, standout and underline sequences are  often  used  to
               distinguish a superuser shell.  For example,

                   > set prompt = "%m [%h] %B[%@]%b [%/] you rang? "
                   tut [37] [2:54pm] [/usr/accts/sys] you rang? _

               If  `%t',  `%@', `%T', `%p', or `%P' is used, and noding is not
               set, then print `DING!' on  the  change  of  hour  (i.e,  `:00'
               minutes) instead of the actual time.

               Set by default to `%# ' in interactive shells.

       prompt2 (+)
               The  string with which to prompt in while and foreach loops and
               after lines ending in `\'.  The same format  sequences  may  be
               used  as  in  prompt (q.v.); note the variable meaning of `%R'.
               Set by default to `%R? ' in interactive shells.

       prompt3 (+)
               The string with  which  to  prompt  when  confirming  automatic
               spelling  correction.  The same format sequences may be used as
               in prompt (q.v.); note the variable meaning of  `%R'.   Set  by
               default to `CORRECT>%R (y|n|e|a)? ' in interactive shells.

       promptchars (+)
               If  set  (to  a  two-character  string),  the  `%#'  formatting
               sequence in the prompt shell  variable  is  replaced  with  the
               first  character  for normal users and the second character for
               the superuser.

       pushdtohome (+)
               If set, pushd without arguments does `pushd ~', like cd.

       pushdsilent (+)
               If set, pushd and popd do not print the directory stack.

       recexact (+)
               If set, completion completes on an exact match even if a longer
               match is possible.

       recognize_only_executables (+)
               If  set,  command  listing displays only files in the path that
               are executable.  Slow.

       rmstar (+)
               If set, the user is prompted before `rm *' is executed.

       rprompt (+)
               The string to print on the right-hand side of the screen (after
               the  command  input)  when the prompt is being displayed on the
               left.  It recognizes the same formatting characters as  prompt.
               It  will  automatically disappear and reappear as necessary, to
               ensure that command input isn't obscured, and will appear  only
               if  the  prompt, command input, and itself will fit together on
               the first line.  If  edit  isn't  set,  then  rprompt  will  be
               printed after the prompt and before the command input.

       savedirs (+)
               If  set, the shell does `dirs -S' before exiting.  If the first
               word is set to a number, at  most  that  many  directory  stack
               entries are saved.

               If  set,  the  shell  does `history -S' before exiting.  If the
               first word is set to a number, at  most  that  many  lines  are
               saved.  (The number must be less than or equal to history.)  If
               the second word is set to `merge', the history list  is  merged
               with  the  existing  history  file  instead of replacing it (if
               there is one) and sorted by time  stamp  and  the  most  recent
               events are retained.  (+)

       sched (+)
               The  format in which the sched builtin command prints scheduled
               events; if not  given,  `%h	%T	%R
'  is  used.   The  format
               sequences  are  described above under prompt; note the variable
               meaning of `%R'.

       shell   The file in which the shell resides.  This is used  in  forking
               shells  to  interpret  files  which  have execute bits set, but
               which are not executable by the system.  (See  the  description
               of  Builtin and non-builtin command execution.)  Initialized to
               the (system-dependent) home of the shell.

       shlvl (+)
               The number of nested shells.  Reset to 1 in login shells.   See
               also loginsh.

       status  The  status  returned  by the last command, unless the variable
               anyerror is set, and any error in a  pipeline  or  a  backquote
               expansion will be propagated (this is the default csh behavior,
               and the current tcsh default).  If  it  terminated  abnormally,
               then  0200 is added to the status.  Builtin commands which fail
               return exit status  `1',  all  other  builtin  commands  return
               status `0'.

       symlinks (+)
               Can be set to several different values to control symbolic link
               (`symlink') resolution:

               If set to `chase', whenever the current directory changes to  a
               directory  containing  a  symbolic  link, it is expanded to the
               real name of the directory to which the link points.  This does
               not work for the user's home directory; this is a bug.

               If  set  to  `ignore',  the  shell tries to construct a current
               directory relative to the current directory before the link was
               crossed.   This  means  that  cding through a symbolic link and
               then `cd ..'ing returns one to the  original  directory.   This
               affects only builtin commands and filename completion.

               If  set  to  `expand', the shell tries to fix symbolic links by
               actually expanding arguments which look like path names.   This
               affects  any  command,  not just builtins.  Unfortunately, this
               does not work for hard-to-recognize filenames,  such  as  those
               embedded  in  command  options.   Expansion may be prevented by
               quoting.  While this setting is usually the most convenient, it
               is  sometimes  misleading and sometimes confusing when it fails
               to  recognize  an  argument  which  should  be   expanded.    A
               compromise  is  to  use  `ignore'  and  use  the editor command
               normalize-path (bound by default to ^X-n) when necessary.

               Some examples are in order.  First,  let's  set  up  some  play

                   > cd /tmp
                   > mkdir from from/src to
                   > ln -s from/src to/dst

               Here's the behavior with symlinks unset,

                   > cd /tmp/to/dst; echo $cwd
                   > cd ..; echo $cwd

               here's the behavior with symlinks set to `chase',

                   > cd /tmp/to/dst; echo $cwd
                   > cd ..; echo $cwd

               here's the behavior with symlinks set to `ignore',

                   > cd /tmp/to/dst; echo $cwd
                   > cd ..; echo $cwd

               and here's the behavior with symlinks set to `expand'.

                   > cd /tmp/to/dst; echo $cwd
                   > cd ..; echo $cwd
                   > cd /tmp/to/dst; echo $cwd
                   > cd ".."; echo $cwd
                   > /bin/echo ..
                   > /bin/echo ".."

               Note  that  `expand'  expansion 1) works just like `ignore' for
               builtins like cd, 2) is prevented by quoting,  and  3)  happens
               before filenames are passed to non-builtin commands.

       tcsh (+)
               The  version number of the shell in the format `R.VV.PP', where
               `R' is the major release number, `VV' the current  version  and
               `PP' the patchlevel.

       term    The  terminal type.  Usually set in ~/.login as described under
               Startup and shutdown.

       time    If set to a number,  then  the  time  builtin  (q.v.)  executes
               automatically  after  each  command  which takes more than that
               many CPU seconds.  If there is a second word, it is used  as  a
               format  string  for  the  output  of the time builtin.  (u) The
               following sequences may be used in the format string:

               %U  The time the process spent in user mode in cpu seconds.
               %S  The time the process spent in kernel mode in cpu seconds.
               %E  The elapsed (wall clock) time in seconds.
               %P  The CPU percentage computed as (%U + %S) / %E.
               %W  Number of times the process was swapped.
               %X  The average amount in (shared) text space used in Kbytes.
               %D  The average amount in (unshared) data/stack space  used  in
               %K  The total space used (%X + %D) in Kbytes.
               %M  The  maximum  memory  the process had in use at any time in
               %F  The number of major page faults (page needed to be  brought
                   from disk).
               %R  The number of minor page faults.
               %I  The number of input operations.
               %O  The number of output operations.
               %r  The number of socket messages received.
               %s  The number of socket messages sent.
               %k  The number of signals received.
               %w  The number of voluntary context switches (waits).
               %c  The number of involuntary context switches.

               Only  the first four sequences are supported on systems without
               BSD resource limit functions.  The default time format is  `%Uu
               %Ss  %E  %P  %X+%Dk  %I+%Oio %Fpf+%Ww' for systems that support
               resource usage reporting and `%Uu %Ss %E %P' for  systems  that
               do not.

               Under  Sequent's  DYNIX/ptx,  %X,  %D,  %K,  %r  and %s are not
               available, but the following additional sequences are:

               %Y  The number of system calls performed.
               %Z  The number of pages which are zero-filled on demand.
               %i  The number of times  a  process's  resident  set  size  was
                   increased by the kernel.
               %d  The  number  of  times  a  process's  resident set size was
                   decreased by the kernel.
               %l  The number of read system calls performed.
               %m  The number of write system calls performed.
               %p  The number of reads from raw disk devices.
               %q  The number of writes to raw disk devices.

               and  the  default  time  format  is  `%Uu  %Ss  %E  %P  %I+%Oio
               %Fpf+%Ww'.   Note  that  the  CPU percentage can be higher than
               100% on multi-processors.

       tperiod (+)
               The period, in minutes,  between  executions  of  the  periodic
               special alias.

       tty (+) The name of the tty, or empty if not attached to one.

       uid (+) The user's real user ID.

       user    The user's login name.

       verbose If  set,  causes the words of each command to be printed, after
               history substitution (if any).  Set  by  the  -v  command  line

       version (+)
               The  version  ID stamp.  It contains the shell's version number
               (see tcsh), origin, release date, vendor, operating system  and
               machine (see VENDOR, OSTYPE and MACHTYPE) and a comma-separated
               list of options which were set at compile time.  Options  which
               are set by default in the distribution are noted.

               8b    The shell is eight bit clean; default
               7b    The shell is not eight bit clean
               wide  The shell is multibyte encoding clean (like UTF-8)
               nls   The system's NLS is used; default for systems with NLS
               lf    Login  shells  execute  /etc/csh.login  before instead of
                     after /etc/csh.cshrc and ~/.login before instead of after
                     ~/.tcshrc and ~/.history.
               dl    `.' is put last in path for security; default
               nd    `.' is omitted from path for security
               vi    vi-style editing is the default rather than emacs
               dtr   Login shells drop DTR when exiting
               bye   bye  is a synonym for logout and log is an alternate name
                     for watchlog
               al    autologout is enabled; default
               kan   Kanji  is  used  if  appropriate  according   to   locale
                     settings, unless the nokanji shell variable is set
               sm    The system's malloc(3) is used
               hb    The  `#!<program>  <args>'  convention  is  emulated when
                     executing shell scripts
               ng    The newgrp builtin is available
               rh    The shell attempts  to  set  the  REMOTEHOST  environment
               afs   The shell verifies your password with the kerberos server
                     if  local  authentication  fails.   The   afsuser   shell
                     variable  or  the  AFSUSER  environment variable override
                     your local username if set.

               An administrator  may  enter  additional  strings  to  indicate
               differences in the local version.

       visiblebell (+)
               If  set,  a  screen flash is used rather than the audible bell.
               See also nobeep.

       watch (+)
               A list of user/terminal pairs to watch for logins and  logouts.
               If  either  the user is `any' all terminals are watched for the
               given user and  vice  versa.   Setting  watch  to  `(any  any)'
               watches all users and terminals.  For example,

                   set watch = (george ttyd1 any console $user any)

               reports activity of the user `george' on ttyd1, any user on the
               console, and oneself (or a trespasser) on any terminal.

               Logins and logouts are checked every 10 minutes by default, but
               the  first  word of watch can be set to a number to check every
               so many minutes.  For example,

                   set watch = (1 any any)

               reports any login/logout once every minute.  For the impatient,
               the  log  builtin  command triggers a watch report at any time.
               All current logins are reported (as with the log builtin)  when
               watch is first set.

               The who shell variable controls the format of watch reports.

       who (+) The  format string for watch messages.  The following sequences
               are replaced by the given information:

               %n  The name of the user who logged in/out.
               %a  The observed action, i.e., `logged  on',  `logged  off'  or
                   `replaced olduser on'.
               %l  The terminal (tty) on which the user logged in/out.
               %M  The  full  hostname  of  the remote host, or `local' if the
                   login/logout was from the local host.
               %m  The hostname of the remote host up to the first  `.'.   The
                   full  name is printed if it is an IP address or an X Window
                   System display.

               %M and %m are available on only systems that store  the  remote
               hostname  in  /etc/utmp.   If unset, `%n has %a %l from %m.' is
               used, or `%n has %a %l.'  on  systems  which  don't  store  the
               remote hostname.

       wordchars (+)
               A  list of non-alphanumeric characters to be considered part of
               a  word  by  the  forward-word,  backward-word   etc.,   editor
               commands.  If unset, `*?_-.[]~=' is used.


       AFSUSER (+)
               Equivalent to the afsuser shell variable.

       COLUMNS The   number   of   columns  in  the  terminal.   See  Terminal

       DISPLAY Used by X Window System (see X(1)).  If set, the shell does not
               set autologout (q.v.).

       EDITOR  The  pathname  to  a  default  editor.   See  also  the  VISUAL
               environment variable and the run-fg-editor editor command.

       GROUP (+)
               Equivalent to the group shell variable.

       HOME    Equivalent to the home shell variable.

       HOST (+)
               Initialized to the name of the machine on which  the  shell  is
               running, as determined by the gethostname(2) system call.

       HOSTTYPE (+)
               Initialized  to  the  type  of  machine  on  which the shell is
               running, as determined  at  compile  time.   This  variable  is
               obsolete and will be removed in a future version.

       HPATH (+)
               A  colon-separated  list  of  directories in which the run-help
               editor command looks for command documentation.

       LANG    Gives the preferred character environment.  See Native Language
               System support.

               If  set,  only ctype character handling is changed.  See Native
               Language System support.

       LINES   The number of lines in the terminal.  See Terminal management.

               The format of this variable is reminiscent  of  the  termcap(5)
               file  format; a colon-separated list of expressions of the form
               "xx=string", where "xx" is a two-character variable name.   The
               variables with their associated defaults are:

                   no   0      Normal (non-filename) text
                   fi   0      Regular file
                   di   01;34  Directory
                   ln   01;36  Symbolic link
                   pi   33     Named pipe (FIFO)
                   so   01;35  Socket
                   do   01;35  Door
                   bd   01;33  Block device
                   cd   01;32  Character device
                   ex   01;32  Executable file
                   mi   (none) Missing file (defaults to fi)
                   or   (none) Orphaned symbolic link (defaults to ln)
                   lc   ^[[    Left code
                   rc   m      Right code
                   ec   (none) End code (replaces lc+no+rc)

               You  need to include only the variables you want to change from
               the default.

               File names can also be colorized based on  filename  extension.
               This  is  specified  in the LS_COLORS variable using the syntax
               "*ext=string".  For example, using ISO 6429 codes, to color all
               C-language  source files blue you would specify "*.c=34".  This
               would color all files ending in .c in blue (34) color.

               Control characters can be  written  either  in  C-style-escaped
               notation,  or  in  stty-like  ^-notation.  The C-style notation
               adds ^[ for Escape, _ for a normal space character, and  ?  for
               Delete.   In  addition,  the ^[ escape character can be used to
               override the default interpretation of ^[, ^, : and =.

               Each file will be written as <lc> <color-code> <rc>  <filename>
               <ec>.   If  the  <ec> code is undefined, the sequence <lc> <no>
               <rc> will be used instead.  This is generally  more  convenient
               to  use,  but  less general.  The left, right and end codes are
               provided so you don't have to type common parts over  and  over
               again  and  to  support weird terminals; you will generally not
               need to change them at all unless your terminal  does  not  use
               ISO 6429 color sequences but a different system.

               If your terminal does use ISO 6429 color codes, you can compose
               the type codes (i.e., all except the lc, rc, and ec codes) from
               numerical  commands  separated  by semicolons.  The most common
               commands are:

                       0   to restore default color
                       1   for brighter colors
                       4   for underlined text
                       5   for flashing text
                       30  for black foreground
                       31  for red foreground
                       32  for green foreground
                       33  for yellow (or brown) foreground
                       34  for blue foreground
                       35  for purple foreground
                       36  for cyan foreground
                       37  for white (or gray) foreground
                       40  for black background
                       41  for red background
                       42  for green background
                       43  for yellow (or brown) background
                       44  for blue background
                       45  for purple background
                       46  for cyan background
                       47  for white (or gray) background

               Not all commands will work on all systems or display devices.

               A few terminal programs do not recognize the default  end  code
               properly.   If all text gets colorized after you do a directory
               listing, try changing the  no  and  fi  codes  from  0  to  the
               numerical codes for your standard fore- and background colors.

       MACHTYPE (+)
               The  machine  type  (microprocessor class or machine model), as
               determined at compile time.

       NOREBIND (+)
               If set, printable characters are not  rebound  to  self-insert-
               command.  See Native Language System support.

       OSTYPE (+)
               The operating system, as determined at compile time.

       PATH    A  colon-separated  list  of  directories  in which to look for
               executables.  Equivalent to the path shell variable, but  in  a
               different format.

       PWD (+) Equivalent  to  the cwd shell variable, but not synchronized to
               it; updated only after an actual directory change.

       REMOTEHOST (+)
               The host from which the user has logged in remotely, if this is
               the  case  and  the shell is able to determine it.  Set only if
               the shell was so compiled; see the version shell variable.

       SHLVL (+)
               Equivalent to the shlvl shell variable.

       SYSTYPE (+)
               The current system type.  (Domain/OS only)

       TERM    Equivalent to the term shell variable.

       TERMCAP The terminal capability string.  See Terminal management.

       USER    Equivalent to the user shell variable.

       VENDOR (+)
               The vendor, as determined at compile time.

       VISUAL  The pathname to a default full-screen  editor.   See  also  the
               EDITOR   environment  variable  and  the  run-fg-editor  editor


       /etc/csh.cshrc  Read first by every shell.  ConvexOS, Stellix and Intel
                       use  /etc/cshrc  and  NeXTs  use /etc/cshrc.std.  A/UX,
                       AMIX, Cray and IRIX have no equivalent in  csh(1),  but
                       read  this  file  in tcsh anyway.  Solaris 2.x does not
                       have it either, but tcsh reads /etc/.cshrc.  (+)
       /etc/csh.login  Read by login shells after  /etc/csh.cshrc.   ConvexOS,
                       Stellix   and   Intel   use   /etc/login,   NeXTs   use
                       /etc/login.std, Solaris 2.x uses /etc/.login and  A/UX,
                       AMIX, Cray and IRIX use /etc/cshrc.
       ~/.tcshrc (+)   Read   by  every  shell  after  /etc/csh.cshrc  or  its
       ~/.cshrc        Read by every shell, if ~/.tcshrc doesn't exist,  after
                       /etc/csh.cshrc  or  its  equivalent.   This manual uses
                       `~/.tcshrc' to mean `~/.tcshrc or, if ~/.tcshrc is  not
                       found, ~/.cshrc'.
       ~/.history      Read  by  login  shells  after ~/.tcshrc if savehist is
                       set, but see also histfile.
       ~/.login        Read by login shells  after  ~/.tcshrc  or  ~/.history.
                       The  shell  may  be  compiled  to  read ~/.login before
                       instead of after  ~/.tcshrc  and  ~/.history;  see  the
                       version shell variable.
       ~/.cshdirs (+)  Read by login shells after ~/.login if savedirs is set,
                       but see also dirsfile.
       /etc/csh.logout Read by login shells at logout.  ConvexOS, Stellix  and
                       Intel  use  /etc/logout  and NeXTs use /etc/logout.std.
                       A/UX, AMIX, Cray and IRIX have no equivalent in csh(1),
                       but  read  this  file in tcsh anyway.  Solaris 2.x does
                       not have it either, but tcsh reads /etc/.logout.  (+)
       ~/.logout       Read by login shells at logout after /etc/csh.logout or
                       its equivalent.
       /bin/sh         Used  to  interpret  shell  scripts not starting with a
       /tmp/sh*        Temporary file for `<<'.
       /etc/passwd     Source of home directories for `~name' substitutions.

       The order in which startup files are read may differ if the  shell  was
       so compiled; see Startup and shutdown and the version shell variable.


       This  manual  describes tcsh as a single entity, but experienced csh(1)
       users will want to pay special attention to tcsh's new features.

       A command-line editor, which supports  GNU  Emacs  or  vi(1)-style  key
       bindings.  See The command-line editor and Editor commands.

       Programmable,  interactive word completion and listing.  See Completion
       and listing and the complete and uncomplete builtin commands.

       Spelling correction (q.v.) of filenames, commands and variables.

       Editor commands (q.v.) which perform  other  useful  functions  in  the
       middle  of  typed  commands, including documentation lookup (run-help),
       quick editor restarting (run-fg-editor) and command resolution  (which-

       An  enhanced  history  mechanism.  Events in the history list are time-
       stamped.  See  also  the  history  command  and  its  associated  shell
       variables,  the  previously  undocumented  `#'  event specifier and new
       modifiers under History substitution, the *-history,  history-search-*,
       i-search-*,  vi-search-* and toggle-literal-history editor commands and
       the histlit shell variable.

       Enhanced directory parsing and directory stack handling.  See  the  cd,
       pushd, popd and dirs commands and their associated shell variables, the
       description of Directory stack  substitution,  the  dirstack,  owd  and
       symlinks  shell  variables and the normalize-command and normalize-path
       editor commands.

       Negation in glob-patterns.  See Filename substitution.

       New File inquiry operators (q.v.) and a  filetest  builtin  which  uses

       A  variety  of  Automatic,  periodic  and timed events (q.v.) including
       scheduled  events,  special  aliases,  automatic  logout  and  terminal
       locking, command timing and watching for logins and logouts.

       Support  for  the  Native  Language  System (see Native Language System
       support),  OS  variant  features  (see  OS  variant  support  and   the
       echo_style  shell  variable)  and  system-dependent file locations (see

       Extensive terminal-management capabilities.  See Terminal management.

       New builtin commands including builtins, hup, ls-F,  newgrp,  printenv,
       which and where (q.v.).

       New  variables  that  make  useful  information easily available to the
       shell.  See the gid, loginsh, oid, shlvl, tcsh, tty,  uid  and  version
       shell  variables  and the HOST, REMOTEHOST, VENDOR, OSTYPE and MACHTYPE
       environment variables.

       A new syntax for including useful information in the prompt string (see
       prompt),  and  special  prompts  for loops and spelling correction (see
       prompt2 and prompt3).

       Read-only variables.  See Variable substitution.


       When a suspended command is restarted, the shell prints  the  directory
       it  started  in  if this is different from the current directory.  This
       can be misleading (i.e., wrong) as the job may have changed directories

       Shell   builtin   functions  are  not  stoppable/restartable.   Command
       sequences of the form `a ; b ; c' are also not handled gracefully  when
       stopping  is  attempted.   If  you  suspend  `b',  the  shell will then
       immediately  execute  `c'.   This  is  especially  noticeable  if  this
       expansion  results from an alias.  It suffices to place the sequence of
       commands in ()'s to force it to a subshell, i.e., `( a ; b ; c )'.

       Control over tty output  after  processes  are  started  is  primitive;
       perhaps  this  will  inspire someone to work on a good virtual terminal
       interface.  In a  virtual  terminal  interface  much  more  interesting
       things could be done with output control.

       Alias  substitution  is  most  often  used  to  clumsily simulate shell
       procedures; shell procedures should be provided rather than aliases.

       Control structures should be parsed rather  than  being  recognized  as
       built-in  commands.   This  would  allow  control commands to be placed
       anywhere, to be combined with `|', and to be  used  with  `&'  and  `;'

       foreach doesn't ignore here documents when looking for its end.

       It should be possible to use the `:' modifiers on the output of command

       The screen update for lines longer than the screen width is  very  poor
       if the terminal cannot move the cursor up (i.e., terminal type `dumb').

       HPATH and NOREBIND don't need to be environment variables.

       Glob-patterns  which  do  not use `?', `*' or `[]' or which use `{}' or
       `~' are not negated correctly.

       The single-command form of if  does  output  redirection  even  if  the
       expression is false and the command is not executed.

       ls-F includes file identification characters when sorting filenames and
       does not handle control characters in filenames  well.   It  cannot  be

       Command substitution supports multiple commands and conditions, but not
       cycles or backward gotos.

       Report bugs at, preferably with fixes.  If you want
       to  help  maintain  and  test tcsh, send mail to
       with the text `subscribe tcsh' on a line by itself in the body.


       In  1964,  DEC  produced  the  PDP-6.   The  PDP-10  was  a  later  re-
       implementation.   It  was  re-christened the DECsystem-10 in 1970 or so
       when DEC brought out the second model, the KI10.

       TENEX was created at Bolt, Beranek & Newman (a Cambridge, Massachusetts
       think  tank)  in  1972  as an experiment in demand-paged virtual memory
       operating systems.  They built a new  pager  for  the  DEC  PDP-10  and
       created the OS to go with it.  It was extremely successful in academia.

       In  1975,  DEC  brought  out  a new model of the PDP-10, the KL10; they
       intended to have only a version of TENEX, which they had licensed  from
       BBN,  for  the  new  box.   They  called  their  version TOPS-20 (their
       capitalization is trademarked).  A lot of TOPS-10 users (`The OPerating
       System  for PDP-10') objected; thus DEC found themselves supporting two
       incompatible systems on the same hardware--but then there were 6 on the

       TENEX,  and  TOPS-20  to  version 3, had command completion via a user-
       code-level subroutine library called ULTCMD.  With version 3, DEC moved
       all  that  capability  and more into the monitor (`kernel' for you Unix
       types), accessed by the COMND% JSYS (`Jump to SYStem' instruction,  the
       supervisor call mechanism [are my IBM roots also showing?]).

       The creator of tcsh was impressed by this feature and several others of
       TENEX and TOPS-20, and created a version of csh which mimicked them.


       The system limits argument lists to ARG_MAX characters.

       The number of arguments to a command which involves filename  expansion
       is  limited  to  1/6th  the number of characters allowed in an argument

       Command substitutions  may  substitute  no  more  characters  than  are
       allowed in an argument list.

       To   detect   looping,   the   shell  restricts  the  number  of  alias
       substitutions on a single line to 20.


       csh(1), emacs(1), ls(1), newgrp(1), sh(1), setpath(1), stty(1),  su(1),
       tset(1),   vi(1),   x(1),  access(2),  execve(2),  fork(2),  killpg(2),
       pipe(2), setrlimit(2), sigvec(2), stat(2), umask(2), vfork(2), wait(2),
       malloc(3),  setlocale(3),  tty(4),  a.out(5),  termcap(5),  environ(7),
       termio(7), Introduction to the C Shell


       This manual documents tcsh 6.18.01 (Astron) 2012-02-14.


       William Joy
         Original author of csh(1)
       J.E. Kulp, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria
         Job control and directory stack features
       Ken Greer, HP Labs, 1981
         File name completion
       Mike Ellis, Fairchild, 1983
         Command name recognition/completion
       Paul Placeway, Ohio State CIS Dept., 1983-1993
         Command line editor, prompt routines, new glob  syntax  and  numerous
         fixes and speedups
       Karl Kleinpaste, CCI 1983-4
         Special  aliases,  directory  stack  extraction  stuff,  login/logout
         watch, scheduled events, and the idea of the new prompt format
       Rayan Zachariassen, University of Toronto, 1984
         ls-F and which builtins and numerous  bug  fixes,  modifications  and
       Chris Kingsley, Caltech
         Fast storage allocator routines
       Chris Grevstad, TRW, 1987
         Incorporated 4.3BSD csh into tcsh
       Christos S. Zoulas, Cornell U. EE Dept., 1987-94
         Ports   to   HPUX,   SVR2  and  SVR3,  a  SysV  version  of  getwd.c,
         SHORT_STRINGS support and a new version of sh.glob.c
       James J Dempsey, BBN, and Paul Placeway, OSU, 1988
         A/UX port
       Daniel Long, NNSC, 1988
       Patrick Wolfe, Kuck and Associates, Inc., 1988
         vi mode cleanup
       David C Lawrence, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989
         autolist and ambiguous completion listing
       Alec Wolman, DEC, 1989
         Newlines in the prompt
       Matt Landau, BBN, 1989
       Ray Moody, Purdue Physics, 1989
         Magic space bar history expansion
       Mordechai ????, Intel, 1989
         printprompt() fixes and additions
       Kazuhiro Honda, Dept. of Computer Science, Keio University, 1989
         Automatic spelling correction and prompt3
       Per Hedeland, Ellemtel, Sweden, 1990-
         Various bugfixes, improvements and manual updates
       Hans J. Albertsson (Sun Sweden)
         ampm, settc and telltc
       Michael Bloom
         Interrupt handling fixes
       Michael Fine, Digital Equipment Corp
         Extended key support
       Eric Schnoebelen, Convex, 1990
         Convex support, lots of csh bug fixes, save and restore of  directory
       Ron Flax, Apple, 1990
         A/UX 2.0 (re)port
       Dan Oscarsson, LTH Sweden, 1990
         NLS support and simulated NLS support for non NLS sites, fixes
       Johan Widen, SICS Sweden, 1990
         shlvl, Mach support, correct-line, 8-bit printing
       Matt Day, Sanyo Icon, 1990
         POSIX termio support, SysV limit fixes
       Jaap Vermeulen, Sequent, 1990-91
         Vi mode fixes, expand-line, window change fixes, Symmetry port
       Martin Boyer, Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Quebec, 1991
         autolist  beeping  options, modified the history search to search for
         the whole string from the beginning of the line to the cursor.
       Scott Krotz, Motorola, 1991
         Minix port
       David Dawes, Sydney U. Australia, Physics Dept., 1991
         SVR4 job control fixes
       Jose Sousa, Interactive Systems Corp., 1991
         Extended vi fixes and vi delete command
       Marc Horowitz, MIT, 1991
         ANSIfication fixes, new exec hashing code, imake fixes, where
       Bruce Sterling Woodcock,, 1991-1995
         ETA and Pyramid port, Makefile and lint fixes, ignoreeof=n  addition,
         and various other portability changes and bug fixes
       Jeff Fink, 1992
         complete-word-fwd and complete-word-back
       Harry C. Pulley, 1992
         Coherent port
       Andy Phillips, Mullard Space Science Lab U.K., 1992
         VMS-POSIX port
       Beto Appleton, IBM Corp., 1992
         Walking  process  group fixes, csh bug fixes, POSIX file tests, POSIX
       Scott Bolte, Cray Computer Corp., 1992
         CSOS port
       Kaveh R. Ghazi, Rutgers University, 1992
         Tek, m88k, Titan  and  Masscomp  ports  and  fixes.   Added  autoconf
       Mark Linderman, Cornell University, 1992
         OS/2 port
       Mika Liljeberg, liljeber@kruuna.Helsinki.FI, 1992
         Linux port
       Tim P. Starrin, NASA Langley Research Center Operations, 1993
         Read-only variables
       Dave Schweisguth, Yale University, 1993-4
         New man page and tcsh.man2html
       Larry Schwimmer, Stanford University, 1993
         AFS and HESIOD patches
       Luke Mewburn, RMIT University, 1994-6
         Enhanced directory printing in prompt, added ellipsis and rprompt.
       Edward Hutchins, Silicon Graphics Inc., 1996
         Added implicit cd.
       Martin Kraemer, 1997
         Ported to Siemens Nixdorf EBCDIC machine
       Amol Deshpande, Microsoft, 1997
         Ported  to  WIN32  (Windows/95 and Windows/NT); wrote all the missing
         library and message catalog code to interface to Windows.
       Taga Nayuta, 1998
         Color ls additions.


       Bryan Dunlap, Clayton Elwell, Karl Kleinpaste, Bob Manson, Steve Romig,
       Diana  Smetters, Bob Sutterfield, Mark Verber, Elizabeth Zwicky and all
       the other people at Ohio State for suggestions and encouragement

       All the people on the net, for putting up with, reporting bugs in,  and
       suggesting new additions to each and every version

       Richard M. Alderson III, for writing the `T in tcsh' section

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