Dangers of using a non-base shell

Bill Campbell freebsd at celestial.com
Tue Oct 30 09:10:18 PDT 2007

On Mon, Oct 29, 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.

Try using ``exec'' to start these which will replace your current
shell with the one being exec'ed.

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