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Old 11-05-2001
Bug Standard login shell


By default for root the login shell is /bin/sh. In the file /etc/passwd I changed it to /bin/bash. (/bin/bash does exists!) After I logged out and in again I still have /bin/sh as the shell and not /bin/bash. Are the more files to be edited? I am using SCO-Unix.

I am thankfull for any tipps and information.

# 2  
Old 11-05-2001
What do you get when you type...

env | grep SHELL should see somthing like...


...if not, verify that SHELL is not
being set in root's .profile (or something).
# 3  
Old 11-05-2001
Usually if the login shell cannot be found (eg. /bin/noshell) then the account will not be logged in. Check to see that /bin/bash is not just a link to /bin/sh. You might want to type /bin/bash when you login to see if that changes the shell, if not then you really don't have bash.
# 4  
Old 11-05-2001
That is what I do normally. The first thing is to start bash. So it does exists.

After I changed the passwd file (/bin/sh to /bin/bash) I logged in and issued the command env | grep SHELL. The output I got was SHELL=/bin/sh. Now, rwb10959 adviced me to look in .profile or something. The only file for the sh-Shell is .sh_history in my home-directory.

# 5  
Old 11-05-2001
A couple more things to look at...

Check to see if SHELL is being set in
/etc/profile or /etc/defaults/profile (not sure if SCO has this)

Also, check to see if you have a /etc/shells file.
Normally, this file is used to tell the system what the
"valid" shells are for that system. If /bin/bash is not listed,
you will have to add it in. Again, I'm not sure SCO has this.

Worst case, you should be able to add the line

exec /bin/bash -l root's .profile file. This will change your execution
environment to bash and run it as a login (-l) shell.
This way, you can have a .bash_profile file that will be sourced.
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