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Re: Use of SHELL env var by login
- From: Andrew Schulman <schulman dot andrew at epa dot gov>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:58:08 -0400
- Subject: Re: Use of SHELL env var by login
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> I just moved the cygwin installation. The "last" peculiarity I ran into
> was that the login shell, with the shortcut "F:\cygwin64\bin\mintty.exe
> -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -", a ps showed
> instead of /usr/bin/bash
> I tracked this down the the windows setting for SHELL, the one you get
> to from windows' SystemProperties dialog, which was
> C:/cygwin64/bin/bash. The /etc/passwd file specifies /bin/bash.
> Is this expected behavior? (Though I can see why SHELL is there and I'd
> need to change it)
/etc/passwd is deprecated. Since Cygwin 2.5 IIRC, Cygwin no longer looks for it,
getting information about users directly from the operating system instead.
Unless you have a special need for it, you should remove it. Same for
In the absence of /etc/passwd, setting SHELL is the right way to set your login
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