shopt are both shell builtins that control various options. I often forget which options are set by which command, and occasionally which option sets/unsets (
shopt -s/-u). Why are there two different commands that seemingly do the same thing (and have different arguments to do so)? Is there any easy way/mnemonic to remember which options go with which command?
shoptis not: Shell & Utilities: Detailed Toc | pubs.opengroup.org
Probably linked to the history mentioned by @Gilles.
Easy but lost in history. The
set command was originally used to modify the command line environment of the original unix shells
/bin/sh. Then as various Unix versions evolved, and new shell flavors was added, people realized that they needed to be able to change more (environment) things in order to keep shell scripting compatible. At that time Bash got very popular and the additional shell options was needed, introducing
You can actually see these compatibility attempts in the
$ shopt autocd off cdable_vars off cdspell off checkhash off checkjobs off checkwinsize off cmdhist on compat31 off compat32 off compat40 off compat41 off compat42 off complete_fullquote on direxpand off dirspell off dotglob off execfail off expand_aliases on extdebug off extglob off extquote on failglob off force_fignore on globstar off globasciiranges off gnu_errfmt off histappend on histreedit off histverify off hostcomplete on huponexit off interactive_comments on lastpipe off lithist off login_shell on mailwarn off no_empty_cmd_completion off nocaseglob on nocasematch off nullglob off progcomp on promptvars on restricted_shell off shift_verbose off sourcepath on xpg_echo off
But not in the
$ set -o allexport off braceexpand on emacs on errexit off errtrace off functrace off hashall on histexpand on history on igncr off ignoreeof off interactive-comments on keyword off monitor on noclobber off noexec off noglob off nolog off notify off nounset off onecmd off physical off pipefail off posix off privileged off verbose off vi off xtrace off
From the book "Linux Shell Scripting with Bash", p 63:
setcommand was used to turn options on and off. As the number of options grew,
setbecame more difficult to use because options are represented by single letter codes. As a result, Bash provides the
shopt(shell option) command to turn options on and off by name instead of a letter. You can set certain options only by letter. Others are available only under the
shoptcommand. This makes finding and setting a particular option a confusing task.