LKBEN10985: How do I now shich shell is my default shell and active after logon

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LKB | Created: 02/04/2020 | Version: 0 | Language: EN | Rating: 0 | Outdated: False | Marked for deletion: False

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


You need to know which shell you have per default




One way to find out which shell is active is to look at /etc/passwd.

To know which shell is active for the user "lubby" you can run the command:

less /etc/passwd | grep -i "lubby"

Now you can look at the default shell for this user.

You will find entries like:





About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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