the description listed in my package manager tells me this is what it is:
Description : xonsh is a Python-ish, BASHwards-compatible shell language and
: command prompt. The language is a superset of Python 3.4 with
: additional shell primitives. xonsh (pronounced *conch*) is
: meant for the daily use of experts and novices alike.
i have toyed around with the idea of using python's interactive shell as my main terminal shell for some time, but i always felt it would be too hard to do some of the simple things, such as file management. sure, i could write equivalent scripts to do those tasks, but i never made the effort.
this accomplishes exactly what i wanted to do. with xonsh, i can do this:
~ $ ls -l gPodder/
-rw-r--r--. 1 mock mock 90112 Feb 19 2018 Database
drwxrwxr-x. 3 mock mock 4096 Feb 12 2018 Downloads
drwxrwxr-x. 2 mock mock 4096 Feb 19 2018 Logs
-rw-rw-r--. 1 mock mock 2715 Feb 19 2018 Settings.json
-rw-r--r--. 1 mock mock 20480 Feb 19 2018 gpodder.net
~ $ from datetime import datetime
~ $ datetime.now()
datetime.datetime(2018, 10, 23, 8, 35, 50, 863981)
there is much more to xonsh than just this. the full documentation can be found at http://xon.sh.