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Old 07-07-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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Question Alternative Shells


Hi all,

Am using Gloria on one of my machines and am generally very impressed with it, baring one or two minor beefs. One question, though: how to change from Bash to an alternative (say c/tch/z whathaveyou). I can't seem to find any others in the standard installation where I would normally expect to see them in the /bin directory.

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Old 07-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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Hi,

valid login shells need an entry in /etc/shells. If the shell you want to use has an entry there, you can either use chsh (change shell) to change the shell of the user, or you can edit the /etc/passwd file manually.

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Or do you mean that you can not find the executables of a particular shell? You will have to install them first of course, but I hope that is obvious. I just read that Mint is a Ubuntu derivative, so if you know the package name of the executable you are searching for, you can use 'dpkg -L $packagename' to list all files installed by that package.

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:20 AM   #3
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Hi,

valid login shells need an entry in /etc/shells. If the shell you want to use has an entry there, you can either use chsh (change shell) to change the shell of the user, or you can edit the /etc/passwd file manually.

Edit:
Or do you mean that you can not find the executables of a particular shell? You will have to install them first of course, but I hope that is obvious. I just read that Mint is a Ubuntu derivative, so if you know the package name of the executable you are searching for, you can use 'dpkg -L $packagename' to list all files installed by that package.

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I just got the impression that Mint (as it stands) only comes with Bash and that's all. I guess that's because it's a beginner-friendly distro and the Mint team probably thought their intended user base would have no need for any alternative - and if coming from Windows, probably not even being aware of shells and what they do at all!
 
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I just got the impression that Mint (as it stands) only comes with Bash and that's all.
well, dash should be installed as well (used for startup scripts), but yes, that's it. However, to my knowledge this is true for almost all Linux distributions. Why waste space on installation of programs that hardly anyone uses? If you know that you prefer to use zsh or tcsh over bash, you probably also know how to install it...

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well, dash should be installed as well (used for startup scripts), but yes, that's it. However, to my knowledge this is true for almost all Linux distributions. Why waste space on installation of programs that hardly anyone uses? If you know that you prefer to use zsh or tcsh over bash, you probably also know how to install it...
Installation's no problem. I just wanted to check the alternative shells definitely don't come with Mint before I go looking for 'em elsewhere.
 
  


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