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Old 03-16-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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set new user to use bash

when i created new user with
# useradd -m newuser

and logged in as newuser, i cannot have the autocompletion that the first user have. Why? How do i set newuser to use bash and the same for all other user?
Old 03-16-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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man useradd
useradd is a low level utility for adding users. On Debian, administrators should usually use adduser(8) instead.
Usually, with adduser, it gets done automatically. Which exact files are used for that i would not know (out of the top of my head). If that does not work neither, which i doubt, ask again.

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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Depending on your distro, try "usermod -s /bin/bash newuser" or whatever the path is to bash on your system.

To create a new user that already defaults to bash, just specify the "-s /bin/bash" with the useradd

Oh, and it's stored in /etc/passwd - but it's better not to edit that manually unless you know what you're doing.
Old 03-16-2011, 11:51 PM   #4
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# usermod -s /bin/bash newuser

did not work but disabling dash for that user does
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash

and choose No
Old 03-17-2011, 05:41 AM   #5
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ROOT# ls -l /bin/sh
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 Mar 14 08:01 /bin/sh -> dash
ROOT# adduser test-user
Adding user `test-user' ...
Adding new group `test-user' (1001) ...
Adding new user `test-user' (1001) with group `test-user' ...
Creating home directory `/home/test-user' ...
Copying files from `/etc/skel' ...
Enter new UNIX password: 
Retype new UNIX password: 
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for test-user
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
	Full Name []: duh
	Room Number []: dah
	Work Phone []: doh
	Home Phone []: uff
	Other []: no
Is the information correct? [Y/n] y
ROOT# su - test-user
test-user@debian-laptop:/usr/share/icons/Cylon/devices$ echo $SHELL

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Old 03-17-2011, 06:34 AM   #6
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i'll remember to use adduser instead next time


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