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Learn to change shell programs at the Linux command line.
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Linux chsh Command Summary with Examples (3:23)
Our sixty-first word, or command to memorize is
chsh from our category
chsh allows you to change login shell
||Display help screen|
||Select the new SHELL_PATH to program for login|
Recall from back in video 10 on
cat, we viewed a file listing shell
programs available on the system? Here, we'll explore that further.
Before we start, it helps to think of commands as mini programs and
most follow this structure:
command -option(s) argument(s).
chsh command has
3 options and the argument is the user you'd like the
change to apply to, if you're an administrator, or the path to the
login shell program.
Like most commands, help is available with double-dash
-s option followed by the full path
to the shell program is what is required. While this is more of an
administrator-level program, I wanted to mention it because it
illustrates a point. We've been using the
bash shell throughout, but others are
So why is
chsh an important command?
Well, the Linux operating system is very flexible and offers each user
the ability to choose her own shell program.
And now you know how to do that.
Okay, the best way to embed this in your memory is by typing in your own terminal window.
Find this on your Mac using a program called Terminal. On Linux use Terminal or Konsole, and currently Microsoft is adding this functionality to Windows.
Here we go. So let's look at that line from video 10, where we used
cat to print a file called
And here, on my system at least, I have five choices:
bash, which we've been using,
So a discussion of the pros and cons of each one is beyond our scope here and last, since we haven't covered permissions yet, I'm reluctant to dive in any deeper at this time, so consider this an easy session.
Okay now you know how to use
And you know the syntax for commands, options and arguments.
One last tip about the
command. So Wikipedia offers a good comparison of shell programs, so
there's a link in the Description (YouTube).
Okay, thanks for visiting today. I hope this was a helpful
introduction to the
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