Subject: Re: bin/2905: setting environment vars from login
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ty Sarna <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/09/1996 18:31:10
In article <199611081249.HAA04864@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>,
der Mouse  <mouse@Holo.Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA> wrote:
> >> [...allow shell arguments in the password file...]
> > Think of the implications this has for chsh and /etc/shells.
> Argh.  Yet another problem caused by /etc/shells.
> Why are we still using /etc/shells for anything at all?  I've yet to
> see a good use for it.  I saw it go in as a "fix" to the "chsh to shell
> with colons and newlines" problem.  While it's true it closed that
> hole, it also broke the "shell is just another program" paradigm.

And now we're starting to see things like sendmail abusing it for other
purposes entirely. :-(