Dangers of using a non-base shell

RW fbsd06 at mlists.homeunix.com
Tue Oct 30 11:35:32 PDT 2007

On Mon, 29 Oct 2007 20:50:40 +0000
Stephen Allen <p0036343 at brookes.ac.uk> 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. 

It's only really root that matters. There is a alternate account called
toor which you can use with bash if you like, it has a uid  of zero
like root, and the same home directory, so it's just the same.

It's also possible to build a statically linked version of bash from
ports if you want.

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