SCO Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ

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How can I have a 'command line history & editing' shell under SCO Unix/OS5?

The simplest way is to use the korn shell (ksh); you can change your login shell from the 'Scoadmin -> Account Manager' interface. Once you're done, insert the 'set -o vi' line in your $HOME.profile file; thus enabling the vi(C) compatibile command line history and editing. Previously typed command can be retrieved by using vi(C)-like commands such as "ESC k" (scroll the list of typed command backwards), "ESC j" (scroll forwards) and so on (see the ksh(C) man pages).

Alternatively you can enable emacs-like command, as Richard Howlett suggested in the following excerpt:

  set -o emacs
  alias __A=$(print '\0020')    # ^P = up    = previous command
  alias __B=$(print '\0016')    # ^N = down  = next command
  alias __C=$(print '\0006')    # ^F = right = forward a character
  alias __D=$(print '\0002')    # ^B = left  = back a character
  alias __H=$(print '\0001')    # ^A = home  = beginning of line

Other shells such as bash, zsh and so on have a command line hustory & editing which is very similar to the one used under DOS with 'setkey'; check your Skunkware CD-ROM for additional info.

Roberto Zini

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