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Hi,

Could someone please tell me as to what should I add in my .profile inorder to make my default shell as bash.

Regards,
Anand
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by:shivsa
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the bext way will be to change the shell in /etc/passwd entry. default shell is provided there.

otherwise just add
bash
line to your .profile and whenever u login .profile will run and make the shell bash to u.
but this is just workaround.

best way to change in /etc/passwd file.
man chsh
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gheist earned 150 total points
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first you need to add
/usr/local/bin/bash2
to /etc/shells or equivalent
then use chsh or chfn and change shell
never hurt root this way
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by:glassd
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Try running the command:

usermod -s /bin/bash <username>
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by:ahoffmann
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gheist and glassd gave valid suggestions, depending on your flaviour of UNIX.
If none works, you may use ~/.profile too, but that's tricky, sometimes, somehow
 1. chsh -s /usr/bin/bash $USER
 2. usermod -s /usr/bin/bash $USER
 3. exec /usr/bin/bash  # as very first command in your ~/.profile, but you need to enshure that it will not end in an infinite loop
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by:Hanno P.S.
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Enter this into your own .profile:

if [ -x /usr/bin/bash ] ; then
    SHELL=/usr/bin/bash       export SHELL
fi

# this is needed if running CDE ot the like:
[ ! "$DT" ] && exec $SHELL
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