Install tcsh on Ubuntu with this simple guide.

Posted: May 1, 2017. At: 12:50 PM. This was 8 months ago. Post ID: 10601
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Install the tcsh shell on Ubuntu Linux easily with this simple guide

The tcsh shell for Linux is a free but enhanced version of the old Berkeley UNIX C shell (csh). This is a very good alternative to the standard bash shell that most Linux machines come with.

Download the tarball of the most recent version here:

Download it with wget.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~ $ wget
--2017-05-01 12:28:58--
           => 'tcsh-6.20.00.tar.gz’
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:21... connected.
Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
==> SYST ... done.    ==> PWD ... done.
==> TYPE I ... done.  ==> CWD (1) /pub/tcsh ... done.
==> SIZE tcsh-6.20.00.tar.gz ... 1001696
==> PASV ... done.    ==> RETR tcsh-6.20.00.tar.gz ... done.
Length: 1001696 (978K) (unauthoritative)
tcsh-6.20.00.tar.gz          100%[==============================================>] 978.22K   412KB/s    in 2.4s    
2017-05-01 12:29:04 (412 KB/s) - 'tcsh-6.20.00.tar.gz’ saved [1001696]

Then unpack the tarball ready to begin compilation.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~ $ tar -xvf tcsh-6.20.00.tar.gz

Cd into the directory.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~/tcsh-6.20.00 $ cd tcsh-6.20.00/

I needed to install this dependency on my system before ./configure would complete.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~/tcsh-6.20.00 $ sudo apt install ncurses-dev

Then I could run configure to setup the makefile.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~/tcsh-6.20.00 $ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local

And then run make to compile the source code.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~/tcsh-6.20.00 $ make

Then run make install as root to install the freshly compiled binaries.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~/tcsh-6.20.00 $ sudo make install

Then edit the /etc/shells file and add the path to the freshly installed tcsh binary at the bottom.

# /etc/shells: valid login shells

This is all you need to do to get this shell installed from source code. The user`s entry in /etc/passwd may be edited to change the user`s shell to the newly installed shell. This will work very well indeed.

There is a tcsh shell here that will set you up with a proper prompt and easier to use shell.

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