bad root shell in /etc/passwd

Devin Teske devin.teske at
Thu Sep 27 01:15:42 UTC 2012

On Sep 26, 2012, at 6:06 PM, Gary Aitken wrote:

> I mistakenly changed the root shell to something which doesn't exist.
> Was trying to make it bash and used /bin/bash instead of /usr/local/bin/bash.
> As a consequence, all login attempts fail because the shell can't be found.
> Unfortunatley, I shut down the session in which I modified /etc/passwd and
> I don't have a root shell running anywhere, so I can't fix it.
> I'm concerned that booting single user will have the same problem.
> Or will it fall back to /bin/sh?
> guidance?

Single-user mode will prompt you. The default is /bin/sh but you can change it.

You should be able to solve the problem by entering single-user mode.

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