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Introduction
============

This is GNU Bash, version 2.05a.  Bash is the GNU Project's Bourne
Again SHell, a complete implementation of the POSIX.2 shell spec,
but also with interactive command line editing, job control on
architectures that support it, csh-like features such as history
substitution and brace expansion, and a slew of other features. 
For more information on the features of Bash that are new to this
type of shell, see the file `doc/bashref.texi'.  There is also a
large Unix-style man page.  The man page is the definitive description
of the shell's features. 

See the file CWRU/POSIX.NOTES for a discussion of how Bash differs
from the POSIX.2 spec and a description of the Bash `posix mode'.

There are some user-visible incompatibilities between this version
of Bash and the previous widely-distributed version, bash-1.14.
For details, see the file COMPAT.  The NEWS file tersely lists
features that are new in this release. 

Bash is free software, distributed under the terms of the [GNU]
General Public License, version 2.  For more information, see the
file COPYING.

A number of frequently-asked questions are answered in the file
`doc/FAQ'.

To compile Bash, try typing `./configure', then `make'.  Bash
auto-configures the build process, so no further intervention
should be necessary.  Bash builds with `gcc' by default if it is
available.  If you want to use `cc' instead, type

	CC=cc ./configure

if you are using a Bourne-style shell.  If you are not, the following
may work:

	env CC=cc ./configure

Read the file INSTALL in this directory for more information about how
to customize and control the build process.  The file NOTES contains
platform-specific installation and configuration information.

If you are a csh user and wish to convert your csh aliases to Bash
aliases, you may wish to use the script `examples/misc/alias-conv.sh'
as a starting point.  The script `examples/misc/cshtobash' is a
more ambitious script that attempts to do a more complete job.

Reporting Bugs
==============

Bug reports for bash should be sent to:

	bug-bash@gnu.org

using the `bashbug' program that is built and installed at the same
time as bash.

The discussion list `bug-bash@gnu.org' often contains information
about new ports of Bash, or discussions of new features or behavior
changes that people would like.  This mailing list is also available
as a usenet newsgroup: gnu.bash.bug. 

When you send a bug report, please use the `bashbug' program that is
built at the same time as bash.  If bash fails to build, try building
bashbug directly with `make bashbug'.  If you cannot build `bashbug',
please send mail to bug-bash@gnu.org with the following information:

	* the version number and release status of Bash (e.g., 2.01-release)
	* the machine and OS that it is running on (look at the file
	  `.made' in the bash build directory)
	* a list of the compilation flags or the contents of `config.h', if
	  appropriate
	* a description of the bug
	* a recipe for recreating the bug reliably
	* a fix for the bug if you have one!

The `bashbug' program includes much of this automatically.

If you would like to contact the Bash maintainers directly, send mail
to bash-maintainers@gnu.org.

While the Bash maintainers do not promise to fix all bugs, we would
like this shell to be the best that we can make it.

Enjoy!

Chet Ramey
chet@po.cwru.edu