Dangers of using a non-base shell

Josh Carroll josh.carroll at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 12:03:59 PDT 2007

> 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.

Personally, I use zsh for root's shell, and I just have the port
compile it statically, so I don't have to worry about a broken
dependency. There are other caveats, of course.

In my case, I just throw this in /etc/make.conf:

.if ${.CURDIR:M*/shells/zsh}


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