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bash is a Unix shell written for the GNU Project. Its name is an acronym for Bourne-again shell, a pun ('Bourne again' / 'born again') on the name of the Bourne shell (sh), an early and important Unix shell written by Stephen Bourne and distributed with Version 7 Unix circa 1978. bash was created in 1987 by Brian Fox. In 1990 Chet Ramey became the primary maintainer.

bash is the default shell on Debian and most Linux systems.


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