Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Nov 2016 15:56 UTC

Command Prompt has been around for as long as we can remember, but starting with Windows 10 build 14971, Microsoft is trying to make PowerShell the main command shell in the operating system.

As a result, PowerShell officially replaces the Command Prompt in the Win + X menu, so when you right-click the Start menu, you’ll only be allowed to launch the more powerful app. Additionally, in File Explorer’s File menu and in the context menu that appears when pressing Shift + right-click in any folder, the old Command Prompt will no longer be available.

Typing cmd in the run dialog will launch PowerShell as well, so Microsoft has made a significant step towards phasing out the traditional Command Prompt.

It's funny - cmd has always been seen as a sort-of Baby's First Command Line, and compared to the shell that comes standard with any UNIX-based operating system, that was certainly true. However, now that Windows has a replacement that is much more capable than cmd, people will cry foul and hell over the possible deprecation of cmd.

Us nerds are fickle.

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"If I'm not mistaken, the '2>&` is not specific to Bash - DOS's, WinNT's cmd.exe, and others also implement that same notation to do the same thing.

That doesn't make bash user-friendly by default though. It just makes it as user-unfriendly as the others. Surely, we can do better in 2016?

Honestly, unless you're a programmer or admin, you don't know what "standard in" and "standard out" are and wouldn't need to know how to do that stuff.

Now, keep in mind too that these are also very old interfaces - 1 and 2 refer to the file descriptors, again details only a programmer would really know.

That said, I do agree that it'd be nice if there was an easier way to do the redirects, but there's only a limited amount of syntax you can do to accomplish what they do, and they're pretty good for what they do.

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