This is more of a general question I have been curious about but put simply: how does bash execute commands given to it via a script or terminal?
It would be possible, I guess, to have a bunch of if statements checking all commands like so (Pseudocode):
if (command == "pwd") pwd(); else if (command == "echo") echo(); ...
But this would create problems as you would have to recompile the code every time you add a new command, like one started for a program like firefox or gedit.
Then I remembered the
which command, which (no pun intended) points to the directory of a given command, making me assume that bash simply looks for a file and grabs it with an iostream to execute it.
Is this the case, and if so, how does it know what method to call, or are they simply generic executables?