[arch-general] Why chsh behaviour differs from specified in manpage?

Mantas M. grawity at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 10:35:37 EDT 2012

On 2012-04-24 17:20, Dmitry S. Kravtsov wrote:
> Today I messed around with zsh and login shells and found a strange thing -
> when I try to change my own login shell - chsh forbids me to do this:
> $ chsh -s /bin/bash
> You may not change the shell for 'kravitz'.
> $ whoami
> kravitz

What is your current shell, as shown by `getent passwd kravitz`?

chsh refuses the change if the current shell isn't in /etc/shells; this
is noted (a bit unclearly) under "NOTES" in the manpage.

> By the way, is it a typo in manpage: "for her own account"? Who is "her"?
> if we talk about user, there should be "his". But maybe I'm wrong, since
> english is definitely not my native language.

Since the user's gender is unknown, both 'his' and 'her' are common
usage, as well as 'his/her' and singular 'their'; this depends entirely
on the writer. (See, for example,

Mantas M. <grawity at gmail.com>

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