Subject: Re: Another Manual ???
To: dkphoto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jason Thorpe <email@example.com>
Date: 01/19/2000 16:24:22
On Wed, 19 Jan 2000 17:08:14 -0700
dkphoto <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> According to the docs I have on Linux, if I want to change shells, I have
> to do this:
> chsh nameOtheShelliWant
> chsh on bsd gets me a nasty message from the system that says go home and
> play on some other computer. Looking up how to change shells in the man
> pages is not much more help. In fact, it just flat doesn't tell me how to
> do it.
Did you *actually read* the chsh(1) manual page?!
chpass [-a list] [-s newshell] [user]
-s The -s option attempts to change the user's shell to newshell.
So, "chsh -s name-of-the-shell-you-want" would work.
> By sheer accident I discovered that just typing the name of the shell I
> want to switch to does it automatically. Now THAT is a distinctly nice
> feature that you can't even find out about IF YOU"RE LOOKING FOR IT!!!
Uh... that doesn't change your shell. It merely starts one. Just like
any other program you specify.
> I also discovered, that unlike what the Linux books tell me, just typing
> a plain English "shutdown now" works! I don't need parameters, spaces,
> hyphens, nothing. Please don't tell me that bsd is going to be another
> beta max!? A better product that loses due to poor marketing and zero PR?
> I think the very first thing that someone ought to do is put up an
> "advantages" page. (What can bsd do/offer that other flavors of Unix
Instead of reading a Linux book, how about a BSD-flavored "UNIX in a Nutshell",
or something else like it?
I mean, would you be as surprised if Solaris behaved differently from Linux
with regards to programs not specified by a standard (e.g. POSIX, X/Open)?
-- Jason R. Thorpe <email@example.com>