Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: July 2014
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chsh - change your login shell
is used to change your login shell.
If a shell is not given on the command line,
prompts for one.
supports non-local entries (kerberos, LDAP, etc.) if linked with libuser,
otherwise use ypchsh, lchsh or any other implementation for
- -s, --shell shell
Specify your login shell.
- -l, --list-shells
Print the list of shells listed in
- -h, --help
Display help text and exit.
- -v, --version
Display version information and exit.
will accept the full pathname of any executable file on the system.
However, it will issue a warning if the shell is not listed in the
On the other hand, it can also be configured such that it will
only accept shells listed in this file, unless you are root.
Returns 0 if operation was successful, 1 if operation failed or command syntax was not valid.
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The chsh command is part of the util-linux package and is available from