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United States
United States/1971
Designed 1971
1970s languages
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High Cold War
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Command systems
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Command systems/1971
Erotetic systems/1971
Command systems/United States
Interlocutary/United States
Erotetic systems/United States
Specialised Languages
Specialised Languages/1971
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Command language for UNIX 

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Country: United States
Designed 1971
Published: 1971
Genus: Command systems
Sammet category: Specialised Languages

(or "Shellish"). Steve Bourne.
Command shell interpreter and script language for Unix.

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  • Bourne, S.R. (1978) Bourne, S.R. "Unix Time-Sharing System: The Unix Shell", Bell Sys Tech J 57(6):1971-1990 (Jul 1978).
  • (1978) Steve Bourne: An Introduction to the UNIX Shell online copy
    • : Grammar

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