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{{implementation|UNIX Shell}} '''Korn Shell''', or ''ksh'', is the creation of David Korn at AT&T. This shell combines [[derived from::compatible with::Bourne Shell]] syntax with a command-line editor, command history, tilde expansion, arithmetic expressions, arrays, coprocesses and several more features. Korn Shell has influenced many later shells; [[Public Domain Korn Shell]] and [[Z Shell]] clone several features, and the X/Open and POSIX standards take a few features from Korn Shell. David Korn continues to maintain [[ksh93]], the original implementation.

AT&T freed ksh93 during 2000, using an open-source license. For many years before that, the original Korn Shell was not free; it was only part of AT&T System V and some commercial Unix variants. Therefore, ''ksh'' in some systems is not David Korn's shell, but is some other shell, perhaps ''pdksh'' or [[MirBSD Korn Shell|''mksh'']].

== Which Korn Shell do I have? == Start ''ksh'' and run

  • If the output looks like Version JM 93u 2011-02-08, then you have ''[[ksh93]]''. ** Version AJM 93u+ 2012-08-01
  • If the output looks like @(#)PD KSH v5.2.14 99/07/13.2, then you have ''[[pdksh]]''.
  • If the output looks like @(#)MIRBSD KSH R49 2014/01/11, then you have ''[[mksh]]''.
  • A ''[[zsh]]'' invoked as ''ksh'' sets ZSH_VERSION, not KSH_VERSION.

== Links ==

  • [http://www.kornshell.com/ Home Page For The KornShell Command And Programming Language]
  • [[wp:korn shell]]