I agree with you as you say. I do need to do floating point calculations and use relational operators on floating point numbers. Playing with bc or awk gets scripts a bit lengthy even to do simple things.
Originally Posted by LivinFree
I like scripting in bash. It's close to POSIX, and a contender for ksh, which I haven't used a lot in the last few years, since I work almost exclusively on GNU/Linux kit.
My gripes about bash are a lack of floating-point arithmetic and a lack of ksh-style coprocesses (bash4 has a retarded coprocess implementation, IMNSHO). Other than that, it's grand, and available on a lot of platforms, if not already preinstalled.