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Bash Shell Commands

The following table is a list of bash shell commands.

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The bash shell commands are all described on the same man page (man bash). Click on the to see the manual page for the bash shell. There is a lot of inforamtion in the 'man bash', so you may need to search the page to find which command you want.
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Click on the command name or the to see a description of the command.

Command
Description
   
alias Create an alias
 
break Exit from a loop
 
case Evaluate one of several scripts, depending on a given value
 
cd Change directory
command Run a command - ignoring shell functions
 
continue Resume the next iteration of a loop
 
declare Declare variables and give them attributes
 
dirs Display list of remembered directories
 
enable Enable and disable builtin shell commands
 
eval Evaluate several commands/arguments
 
exec Execute a command
 
exit Exit the shell
 
export Set an environment variable
 
for Expand words, and execute commands
 
hash Remember the full pathname of a name argument
 
history Command History
 
if Conditionally perform a command
 
let Perform arithmetic on shell variables
 
local Create variables
 
logout Exit a login shell
 
popd Restore the previous value of the current directory
 
pushd Save and then change the current directory
 
read read a line from standard input
 
readonly Mark variables/functions as readonly
 
return Exit a shell function
 
set Manipulate shell variables and functions
 
shift Shift positional parameters
 
shopt Shell Options
 
source Run commands from a file `.'
 
times User and system times
 
type Describe a command
 
ulimit Limit user resources
 
umask Users file creation mask
 
unalias Remove an alias
 
unset Remove variable or function names
 
until Execute commands (until error)
 
while Execute commands
 
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