Dangers of using a non-base shell

Vince jhary at unsane.co.uk
Tue Oct 30 07:14:48 PDT 2007

Stephen Allen wrote:
> It's been drawn to my attention not to use bash from the ports
> collection, because if one of it's dependencies (gettext or libiconv)
> fails or is updated significantly, it could break, and prevent login.
> The suggested solution was to use a base shell (such as sh) and append
> 'bash -l' to .shrc to automatically enter bash.
> The quite annoying side-effect is having to type 'exit' twice to get out
> of a su shell or screen.
I tend to activate the toor user and use bash with toor and csh with
root, After all thats kind of why its there :)

(jhary at prawn)$grep toor /etc/passwd
toor:*:0:0:Bourne-again Superuser:/root:/usr/local/bin/bash


> Would it be a better idea to use the pre-compiled binary for bash?  And
> if I did so, could I be alerted to updates as easy as using 'pkg_version
> -v' when checking if any ports need updating?
> Many thanks,
> Steve
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