chsh

change your login shell

TLDR

Change the current user's login shell interactively

$ chsh
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Change the login shell of the current user

$ chsh -s [path/to/shell]
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Change the login shell for a given user

$ chsh -s [path/to/shell] [username]
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List available shells

$ chsh --list-shells
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SYNOPSIS

chsh [-s shell] [-l] [-h] [-v] [username]

DESCRIPTION

chsh is used to change your login shell. If a shell is not given on the command line, chsh prompts for one.

chsh supports non-local entries (kerberos, LDAP, etc.) if linked with libuser, otherwise use ypchsh(1), lchsh(1) or any other implementation for non-local entries.

OPTIONS

-s, --shell shell

Specify your login shell.

-l, --list-shells

Print the list of shells listed in /etc/shells and exit.

-h, --help

Display help text and exit.

-v, --version

Display version information and exit.

VALID SHELLS

chsh will accept the full pathname of any executable file on the system.

The default behavior for non-root users is to accept only shells listed in the /etc/shells file, and issue a warning for root user. It can also be configured at compile-time to only issue a warning for all users.

EXIT STATUS

Returns 0 if operation was successful, 1 if operation failed or command syntax was not valid.

AUTHORS

REPORTING BUGS

For bug reports, use the issue tracker at <https://github.com/karelzak/util-linux/issues>.

AVAILABILITY

The chsh command is part of the util-linux package which can be downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive <https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/>.

SEE ALSO

login(1), login.defs(5), passwd(5), shells(5)

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