zsh as login shell

Peter A. Castro doctor@fruitbat.org
Mon Oct 24 21:46:00 GMT 2005

On Mon, 24 Oct 2005, Com MN PG P E B Consultant 3 wrote:

Greetings, Ronald,

> I would like to have on my Windoze desktop an Icon for zsh running under
> Cygwin, similar to the standard Cygwin Icon which runs a bash login
> shell, so that I can choose whether to get a window using bash or using
> zsh.

Use mkzsh to do this.  For help, type 'mkzsh --help'


mkzsh --desktop

> It works kind of, but I can't get zsh executed as login shell. The BAT
> file invoking the bash login shell calls bash using
>  bash --login -i

See the '-l' option of zsh in the manpages.


zsh -l

> but zsh has no equivalent to the --login option, so I just use
>  zsh -i
> which makes the shell interactive, but not login. Zsh considers itself a
> login
> shell iff it is called under a name starting with a dash.
> Is there an elegant solution to this problem? Of course I could
>  cp -- zsh -zsh
> and call -zsh, but I would have then to redo this everytime I update zsh
> to a
> newer version. Another possibility would be to execute a shell script
> using
> bash and in this script do an
>  exec -a -zsh zsh -I
> But maybe someone knows a better way to do this?
> Ronald
> --
> Ronald Fischer <mn-pg-p-e-b-consultant-3.com@siemens.com>

Peter A. Castro <doctor@fruitbat.org> or <Peter.Castro@oracle.com>
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