I have a rather long csh script that doesnt work, or doesnt work properly. in bash I would do set -xv to get verbose logging. what can I do in cshell? I tried adding set -xv it complained that - isnt allowed, and set xv didnt do anything.

  • I do have to point it out : there is a famous Usenet era post "Csh programming considered harmful", and this explicit faq entry : faqs.org/faqs/unix-faq/shell/csh-whynot ... If you can afford it : try to stick to posix sh, if possible at all ? (I know it is not an answer to your question, but I felt obligated to point csh flaws out) Jan 3, 2021 at 22:56
  • I didnt write it man, Im just trying to use some code, and theyre all hell bent on using csh. I tried rewriting their spaghetti code into bash, but it still didnt work, and theyve got arbout 1000 files in 6 languages. Im not going to be rewriting the entire code base. Im just trying to install vmd on an ARM platform
    – j0h
    Jan 3, 2021 at 23:00
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    I do feel your pain... try to convince them with the above articles. Meanwhile: you can maybe try to use : shellcheck.net ? (it is maybe not Csh-compatible, but most of the code would be parsed and "linted" and will highlight problematic sections) Jan 3, 2021 at 23:06

2 Answers 2


You can use

csh -xv script

or you can add

set verbose
set echo

to your script.


read the man page! man csh oops, well, I when I call the script I ran $csh -x -v ./script which set verbose mode. actually it has stayed in verbose mode beyond the execution of the one script, but I guess thats fine.

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