How does one change the default shell?

Eric Blake
Thu Sep 2 22:34:00 GMT 2010

On 09/02/2010 04:29 PM, wrote:
> I use pdksh as my login shell - I have been using the Korn shell (thanks
> Dave!) since 1984 or so, so it is what I am used to and has features I
> haven't been able to find in bash - at least not yet.  So to expedite
> script writing, I use the ksh language and features  Every time that I
> write a script, I have to remember to put in the shebang line
> (#!/bin/pdksh) or half the time my scripts won't work.
> Is there a way to change the default shell for cygwin?  I checked the user
> guide and the FAQ, but no joy there.  I tried setting and exporting the
> SHELL variable, but that did not work.

Assuming you meant the default shell for your particular user id, it is 
just a matter of changing cygwin.bat or whatever shortcut you are using 
to start cygwin to call pdksh instead of bash.  You can also edit 
/etc/passwd to set your preferred shell (some tools, like mintty, honor 
that setting).

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