The Unix shell is a powerful tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources including “high-performance computing” supercomputers like the Brandeis HPCC maintained by ITS and the Division of Science. These resources will start you on a path towards using the shell effectively.
Learn more about High-Performance Computing at Brandeis.
See Software Carpentry Instructions for detailed instructions and videos for each operating system.
To see if your default shell is Bash type
echo $SHELL in a terminal and press the Enter key. If the message printed does not end with '/bash' then your default is something else and you can run Bash by typing