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I changed guake to use /bin/zsh from /bin/bash. now it doesnt start. by start, i mean that when click the shortcut key, guake just pops up for a second, and then disappears. I changed the default interpreter back to bash, and it works. what is the problem?

As an aside, how can I make zsh the default terminal shell?

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Remember that the full path of zsh in /usr/bin/zsh, whereas bash's /bin/bash. – loevborg Nov 24 '10 at 10:44
zsh seems to ship a /bin/zsh4. Is that insufficient? – Daniel T Chen Nov 24 '10 at 19:09
There is a /bin/zsh in Maverick, and I think also previous releases. – poolie Nov 25 '10 at 2:56
neither of /usr/bin/zsh or /bin/zsh work. – theTuxRacer Nov 25 '10 at 5:23
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The symptoms you describe are a lot like the bugs and so I suggest you add some debugging information to the latter. See for how to get a crash file to attach to the bug.

As an aside, how can I make zsh the default terminal?

It's a shell, not a terminal. But to change it just for your account, you want

chsh -s /bin/sh

and to change it for newly-added accounts, change DSHELL in /etc/adduser.conf.

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thanks for the correction. Also, does it mean that I have to change the first line in all the scripts from #! /bin/bash to #! /bin/zsh ? – theTuxRacer Nov 24 '10 at 7:49
Uh, what are you trying to accomplish? The instructions I gave are to make zsh the default shell when you log in or start a text terminal. – poolie Nov 24 '10 at 8:05
no, your answer was correct, It just struck me that there are some scripts that have the shebang, and just asked for clarification. – theTuxRacer Nov 24 '10 at 8:40
Scripts with no shebang are I believe run by /bin/sh which is a link to dash on Ubuntu. – poolie Nov 24 '10 at 9:35
@Kaustubh: Do not change the shebang line on any script. Bash and zsh have (slightly) different syntax, zsh can't execute a bash script or vice versa. – Gilles Nov 25 '10 at 2:13

I've solved the same problem by running zsh in Terminal. This created new .zshrc file. So, I think, this problem caused by lack of .zshrc

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