CHSH(1) Linux Reference Manual CHSH(1)

NAME chsh - change your login shell

SYNOPSIS chsh [-s shell] [-l] [-u] [-v] [username]

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

VALID SHELLS chsh will accept the full pathname of any executable file on the sys- tem. However, it will issue a warning if the shell is not listed in the /etc/shells file. On the other hand, it can also be configured such that it will only accept shells listed in this file, unless you are root.

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

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

-u, --help Print a usage message and exit.

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

SEE ALSO login(1), passwd(5), shells(5)

AUTHOR Salvatore Valente <>

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

chsh 7 October 1998 CHSH(1)