If tcsh is the login shell, $SHELL is unset

Keith Thompson kst@mib.org
Fri Apr 13 23:34:00 GMT 2007

I've set my default login shell to tcsh (by editing /etc/passwd),
and I invoke tcsh explicitly using the command
    "C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -fn 9x15 -fb 9x15bold -e /bin/tcsh -l"
executed from a Windows shortcut in my Start menu.)

When my shell starts up, the $SHELL environment is not set.  (I've
worked around this in my $HOME/.login by explicitly setting it to
"/bin/tcsh" if it's not set.)

This problem has been around for a long time (I just haven't gotten
around to reporting it until now).  My system is currently updated
with all the latest packages, include tcsh-6.15.00-1.

Let me know if I can provide more information.

Keith Thompson (The_Other_Keith) kst@mib.org  <http://www.ghoti.net/~kst>
San Diego Supercomputer Center           <*>  <http://users.sdsc.edu/~kst>
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