Changing Login Shells

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by insomniac321123, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. insomniac321123 macrumors 6502

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    I read an article on macosx hints about changing the login shell in leopard. What exactly does it mean to change this? Is one of the shells better than the other? One commenter on the macosx site said everyone should change to zhs.
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

    killmoms

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    If you are the kind of person who rates shells, you already know both how to do this and why you'd want to. If you don't, then there's no need. ;)
     
  3. yeroen macrumors 6502a

    yeroen

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    The default shell in Mac OS X (and Linux) is bash. There's also tcsh and zsh (among others). Different people dig different things. If you never use terminal (i.e. never use the shell), then you don't need to worry about it.

    A comparison can be found here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_computer_shells
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    The shell and other environmental settings are stored in .profile file in your home folder. I prefer BASH or KSH (zsh).

    TEG
     

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