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fish is a user friendly commandline shell intended mostly for interactive use.

Installation instructions

To install the package for fish using pacman (the package is in the community repo) run:

pacman -S fish

To verify that it has been installed you can run:

less /etc/shells

If you wanted to make fish your default shell run:

chsh -s /usr/bin/fish

Pacman and fish

There are now the completions of pacman and makepkg for fish. Look in the AUR for the fish-pacman package. These completions are likely to be included in the next upstream relase of fish, since the policy of the fish development is to include all the existent completions in the upstream tarball. The memory management is clever enough to avoid any negative impact on resources.


If you notice that your $PATH has become /bin and /usr/bin, type in $PATH at the fish prompt. This will display a nifty note telling you how to set the path using a function.


Fish Copyright (C) 2005-2006 Axel Liljencrantz.

Fish is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2.

Fish contains code under the BSD license, namely versions of the two functions strlcat and strlcpy, modified for use with wide character strings. This code is copyrighted by Todd C. Miller.

The XSel command, written and copyrighted by Conrad Parker, is distributed together with, and used by fish. It is released under the MIT license.

The xdgmime library, written and copyrighted by Red Hat, Inc, is used by the mimedb command, which is a part of fish. It is released under the LGPL.

Fish contains code from the glibc library, namely the wcstok function. This code is licensed under the LGPL.

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