: : Does a kernel already come with a shell (command interpreter) in it? Or is that something you have to add? When asking this question, I'm refering to the latest Linux kernel (2.6.7).
: i think in unix families kernel is separate from shell
Yes, that's correct.
Shell is NOT included into kernel - there is no need to do that. The kernel itself is useless until there's a program which can make use of it.
The most popular Linux shells are: Bash (Bourne-Again Shell), Korn and some C-shells (csh, tcsh, zsh). Every Linux distribution includes the first one.
Piotr Horzycki, Poland
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