FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE-i386 will changing root shell break anything?

Garance A Drosihn drosih at
Fri Jan 9 18:51:59 PST 2009

At 2:09 PM -0800 1/4/09, David Christensen wrote:
>I have changed the root shell to Bash on another machine I use as a CVS
>server and haven't noticed any issues yet, but I've been wondering if
>I'm setting myself up for problems by doing so.
>Does anybody know if it's okay to change the root shell on FreeBSD

What I do is add the following lines to /root/.login :

if ($?prompt) then
    if ( -x /usr/local/bin/bash ) then
       # echo "Switching to bash"
       setenv SHELL /usr/local/bin/bash
       exec /usr/local/bin/bash -login

I've been doing this for at least 10 years.  I haven't had any
problems with it, but Your Mileage Might Vary.

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad at
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih at

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