Re: Python as standard shell? was Re: [RFC] Draft Proposal
Mon, 30 May 1994 09:40:59 +0200

> (Wittenberger) writes:
> > I would like python to be the standard shell of a planned system.
> I thought python would be nice to use as a shell when I first came
> across it (currently use rc), and do use it for scripts (doctype, news
> reader). However, having to type 'ls()' instead of 'ls' drove me batty
> almost immediately, so I gave up on the idea of using python as my
> interactive shell.

Mark Lutz wrote a nice interactive shell in Python that lets you
execute Python statements (using 'exec') as well as Unix shell
commands (using 'os.system'). It's Demo/lutz/ in the 1.0.2
distribution. It's quite simple and clean code so it should be easy
to extend it or adapt it to different purposes.

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