chsh(1) — Linux manual page


CHSH(1)                         User Commands                        CHSH(1)

NAME         top

       chsh - change your login shell

SYNOPSIS         top

       chsh [-s shell] [-l] [-h] [-v] [username]

DESCRIPTION         top

       chsh is used to change your login shell.  If a shell is not given on
       the command line, chsh prompts for one.

       chsh supports non-local entries (kerberos, LDAP, etc.) if linked with
       libuser, otherwise use ypchsh, lchsh or any other implementation for
       non-local entries.

OPTIONS         top

       -s, --shell shell
              Specify your login shell.

       -l, --list-shells
              Print the list of shells listed in /etc/shells and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

       -v, --version
              Display version information and exit.

VALID SHELLS         top

       chsh will accept the full pathname of any executable file on the

       The default behavior for non-root users is to accept only shells
       listed in the /etc/shells file, and issue a warning for root user.
       It can also be configured at compile-time to only issue a warning for
       all users.

EXIT STATUS         top

       Returns 0 if operation was successful, 1 if operation failed or
       command syntax was not valid.

AUTHORS         top

       Salvatore Valente <>

SEE ALSO         top

       login(1), login.defs(5), passwd(5), shells(5)

AVAILABILITY         top

       The chsh command is part of the util-linux package and is available

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