On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:13:54 -0800, Jim Pazarena <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Glen Barber wrote: > > On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 4:46 PM, Pieter Donche <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > >> FreeBSD 7.0 comes with the user root with start up shell /bin/csh > >> As normal user I use bash (/usr/local/bin/bash installed) > >> I would prefer to have bash also when working as root (su). > > > > It is never recommended to change root's default shell to something > > outside of the base install. > > > > The main reason is, for example, if you update your non-base shell > > (via ports), and it breaks, you can no longer log in as root. If you > > decide you still want to have a non-base shell for your root user, > > keep root's shell default, and enable your toor user. > > isn't the "main reason" because other shells may reside on a filesystem > which isn't necessarily mounted in maintenance/single user mode? Or, libraries > for the same?
At least, it's a valid reason. When in trouble, the system just mounts / as ro where /bin/sh (the system's standard scripting shell) and /bin/csh (its standard dialog shell) are available. Bash may be on another partition that's not mounted yet, so no maintenance access would be possible. To change the shell, it's not a good idea to fiddle around with /etc/passwd. The use of the chsh (change shell) command is advised. In my opinion, you could add "bash" as the last line of your ~/.login file which will be executed by csh, so bash starts up right after login, but NB this may cause problems when using sudo. -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"