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What is Shell?
Published  07/8/2011 | Computer Encyclopedia Page 6 | Unrated
What is Shell?
On UNIX and UNIX-like systems, the shell is the section of the operating system that interprets text commands for the computer execute. It is a command-line interface which means that any commands have to be in text form only. The shell is just one layer above the operating system and hence is a very powerful tool that can be used to do things that would normally be difficult with a GUI. In the right hands, the shell can be used to do perform powerful tasks like modifying files and folders; conversely, in the wrong hands, it could be devastating for your system. The shell in Windows is the DOS prompt that is still available for die-hard command-line fans.
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