+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #706138 +++
Description of problem:
Users can't use dash as their shell since it's not present in the /etc/shells file.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install dash.
2. Try to set dash as your shell (e.g. via chsh)
chsh: "/bin/dash" is not listed in /etc/shells.
This can be solved via %post and %postun scriptlets.
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-05-19 17:30:06 CEST ---
if [ $1 -eq 1 ]; then
grep -qF /bin/dash /etc/shells || echo '/bin/dash' >> /etc/shells
if [ $1 -eq 0 ]; then
sed -i '/\/bin\/dash/d' /etc/shells
Fixed in Fedora already (0.5.6-4 in f15+, 0.5.6-3 in f14).
Possibly in fixing this problem another was introduced.
I just upgraded from Fedora 15 to Fedora 16 using preupgrade. I went to start a VirtualBox session, and it complained that it could not do so. This was the error message:
ExtPackInst ExtPack: enmReason=1 iStatus=127 stderr='The value for the SHELL variable was not found the /etc/shells file
I looked at the /etc/shells file and found that /bin/bash was missing. However, /bin/dash was in the file twice.
Once I changed the first instance to /bin/bash, VirtualBox behaved fine. Please check the file as I am sure that it may be causing problems to others. I had not previously had any problem with this, so it had to have come in with the F16 upgrade.
this is not a Fedora bug, I suppose you wanted to comment on 706138.
Anyway, /bin/dash was added to /etc/shells in F14 and doesn't touch /bin/bash record (or any other) at all. All that is handled in dash %post and %postun scriptlets.
I also don't have /etc/bash in /etc/shells but I have /etc/dash there just once.
The file belongs to the 'setup' package. Please, file a bug report with it.
What is also weird is bash users can login into the system although the record is missing...
Default /etc/shells from setup contains just:
The rest of the shells is added by other packages. It would probably make sense to add the additional shells
and maybe others to the default /etc/shells file - as I don't like modifications of default system files by other packages...
Thanks. Done. Bug is 753780.
Interesting though, the /etc/shells on my netbook contained just
No /bin/sh or any other entry.
The desktop, before I fixed it contained:
I changed the first /bin/dash to /bin/bash. This information was submitted as part of 753780, so I hope to see this fixed quickly.
Both bash and dash should be fixed (in Fedora) now.
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.
For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.
If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.